With temperatures in the Boston area set to drop to single-digits tonight and tomorrow night, don't make these the two nights of the year to get stingy with the heat.
When temperatures drop into the teens and single-digits, pipes can easily freeze in just a few hours, even in the most insulated homes. For the few dollars extra in heat you spend, it can save you thousands in repair costs if a pipe freezes and bursts.
If you have any pipe-heaters in crawl spaces or basements, make sure you have them plugged in and that are working properly. Also, leave kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors open at night to let heat circulate and leave faucets trickling over night to keep the water running.
If you haven't already done so, now is the time to make sure your outdoor hose spigots are shut-off and drained.
This Sunday morning (November 4) we all know to turn our clocks back an
hour, but there are a few more things you should do before climbing into
It's a great time to also replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon
monoxide detectors (as well as test them, but I wouldn't do this until the
morning if you live in a condo or apartment building since you will wake up your
It's also a great time to pull out the fire extinguishers you have to make
sure they have a full charge and are ready in an emergency. Make sure to also
check your flashlights to make sure they are working and you have some spare
Many home inspectors also advise that you turn off and on your circuit
breakers once a year to make sure they are working and not frozen. If you feel
any heat or vibration in a breaker or if they don't reset, call an electrician
to check out the panel. It's also a good time to test and reset the GFI
receptacles in your kitchen, bath, garage and other "wet" areas.
Gary Dwyer, Broker / Owner