Wright Way Contracting, LLC
Dec 8, 2016
Winter is here again. I have not posted anything new in a while, so I thought the cold weather was a good time to start again. There have already been some broken pipes and irrigation system troubles. Don't forget, now that we are below freezing at night to turn off your sprinkler systems and shut off the water to the irrigation system all together until warmer temperatures are back next year. This is also important if you have a pool or water feature that uses pumps or above ground pipes.
This is the time of year also to make sure you have changed your air filters as you are starting up the heaters. Remember that your HVAC unit works constantly to keep your house warm or cool and keeping the air filters changed and the air flowing will help your system last longer and be as efficient as it can be. A dirty filter can slow up the flow of air and can burn out the motor or cause the unit to ice up when a/c is running, or overheat when heat is running.
While you are at it... check the smoke detector batteries. best to have fresh ones yearly and thest the smoke detectors. Don't wait until they wake you up at 3 am chirping with a low battery alarm. That seems to be their favorite time to start. If your smoke detector is over 10 years old, it may be time to replace them. Some ways you can tell is if they are stamped with manufacture date or a replacement date is written on, or if your ceiling is white and your smoke detector was white but is now yellow. Don't laugh, I see this alot, and they should be replaced with new ones. If any of your appliances or heating system runs on gas, you should also have a CO2 detector. This can be accomplished with a separate alarm, or by purchasing a combo smoke and Co2 alarm.
Hope you stay warm this winter season, and have happy holidays, with no household problems.
Oct 14, 2013
We are coming into the cooler weather, and winter is fast approaching from the property maintenance standpoint. Now is a great time to make sure heaters are fired up and working as well as changing air filters for the new season of use if you haven't done it yet. We mentioned previously flushing and mantining water heaters, but really all water systems should be evaluated now as the cool down starts. Watering your grass or garden varies during this time of the year and you should be thinking about changing your sprinkler timers, or in some locations they can be turned off the entire season. If you are not using outdoor, exposed hose bibs or irrigation, most have shut off valves that you can turn off completely for the season so that water is not sitting in the exposed pipes to freeze, and break the line or cause damage. Most of you will have some type of irrigation valves that look like this.These valves should be covered in an irrigation valvebox where freezing is possible and where temperatures regularly dip below freezing, you can also surround the valves with insulation around them in the box to keep them from freezing and breaking. Remeber that water standing in the freezing temperatures is prone to freezing and can do lots of pipe damage. This can apply if you have pools, hoses, irrigation, or even if you are in a home that is not well insulated against this such as mobile homes. The best bet is to keep any pipes that normall have water, drained during this time. One tip I have heard out there regularly if you are having an extreme cold spell and you are prone to freezing pipes like in a mobile home, is to leave the faucets running slowly over night when it is coldest as water is les likely to freeze in a pipe when moving, then when still. Just remember with this to take into account your drain. Make sure if you do this, that your drain line is not exposed to the elements, as it too can freeze, which would block the drain and cause an overflow in a faucet left running. Contact us for questions, or for a property evaluation, and or help insulating your pipes or home, and for help finding your shut off valves.