WHAT TEMPERATURE DO PIPES FREEZE?
Without sound too "obvious," the freezing temp of water is 32 degrees. The good news is, your pipes are protected through your home's insulation. Just because it is 32 degrees or lower outside, doesn't necessarily mean that your pipes will be that. Here in Western, NY - we would be "at risk" of pipes freezing at 20 degrees or lower.
5 TIPS: HOW TO AVOID BURSTING PIPES?
While it is nearly impossible to heat the ground surrounding your home, there are steps you can do to help your pipes temperature! Here is a list of 5 things that you can do to avoid water pipe bursts:
1. Keep a Few Faucets Running
While this may bring back childhood memories of dad telling you to "turn the water off" while you are brushing your teeth, you should actually keep one or two faucets running slowly. Water moving through the system can help prevent the line from freezing. Movement is good!
2. Leave Cabinet Doors Open
Thats right - Open cabinets allow warm air to flow into the interworking of the plumbing. Following tip 1 - Your kitchen faucet is usually a great faucet to "leave on" during the colder temperatures.
3. Disconnect Hose From Outside Faucet
While this may be an obvious one for many, some newer home owners may forget this step. Be sure to disconnect your hose from the outside faucet. You do want any water freezing, even if you think it is empty!
4. Seal Leaks From Outside
Seal, seal, seal! Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes. If possible, we recommend using caulk or insulation to keep away! Believe it or not, even the smallest opening can lead to a burst pipe.
If you have any concerns, please do not wait until a pipe bursts to contact us. A liscesed plumber form Triple-O will be able to locate potential pipe bursts and prevent them from happening. Give us a call or contact us so we can keep you warm AND dry this holiday season!
Every year, Democrat & Chronicle asks their readers to select the "Best of the Best" in Rochester, New York. Cast your vote for your favorite businesses in four different categories - Restaurant, Business & Service, Shopping and Entertainment. You can cast your vote 1 time per week with in a 2 week voting time. Sunday, October 13 - Sunday, October 27. Winners will be announced in their special edition on November 24, 2019.
This year, Triple-O is up for two categories (click to vote):
With less than a week remaining, lets do our best to claim the top spot this year! Thanks for being the best part of our business.
The Finalists have been selected and the winner will be announced December 1, 2019.
You can vote once per day!
Is your furnace old, but you don't have the funds to replace it just yet? Here are a few quick maintenance tips to extend the life of your old furnace:
- During the heating season, check the smoke as well as the inside of the furnace. If the smoke is black and the equipment seems blackened, the furnace is not burning the oil completely and fuel is being wasted.
- If you have the proper cleaning supplies, we'd recommend cleaning the blower at the start of the the season and midway through. (Depending on the type of winter you face)
- Clean soot from the stack control in the middle of the heating season.
- Regarding the blower motor, we recommend lubricating the fittings midway through the heating season with 1 cup grease or 10-weight non-detergent motor oil (not all-purpose oil).
- Lastly, it is best to clean the thermostat before heating season.
If your furnace still appears sluggish after these steps, you still have a few cost effective options:
- Call Triple-O for a Furnace Cleaning or fill out form here.
- Discuss financing a new high-efficiency furnace through Synchrony.
- Set-up a Preventative Maintenance plan for your home or business to continue proper care for your equipment - regardless of age!
As always, here at Triple-O we never sell you something that you don't need. We are happy to help discuss the best option for you and your family heading into the holiday season.
Western, NY Coldest Winter Ever?
We've had some historically bad Winters here in Western NY, but could this be the worst? According to the Farmer's Almanac, "The biggest drop—with the most freefalling, frigid temperatures—is forecasted to take hold from the northern Plains into the Great Lakes. The Northeast, including the densely populated corridor running from Washington to Boston, will experience colder-than-normal temperatures for much of the upcoming winter."
What About Snow Fall?
With cooler temperatures, specifically around the Great Lakes, comes precipitation. And lots of it. The Almanac predicts "above-normal" perception beyond just snow. "Our outlook forewarns of not only a good amount of snow, but also a wintry mix of rain/sleet." The Almanac goes on to say that some of the biggest snow storms could be taking place in mid-January in 2020.
How to Prepare?
Here at Triple-O, we specialize in furnaces. Not just install, but maintenance and adding overall longevity to your unit. Most people who own vehicles realize the significance and importance of changing their oil, yet many furnaces go "untouched" until it is too late. Don't get caught in a snow storm before you give us a call. This month, we are offering a $69 per month furnace special. Click here to schedule your FREE estimate today.
What if I Lose Power? Then What?
Often times heavy winds and ice storms can cause power outages in a home or business. Our Generac certified electricians are here to help in anyway. Don't get caught without heat or electric this Winter. Click here to set up a FREE estimate today for your home or business. Triple-O remains Western, NY's one-stop shop for all HVAC, Plumbing & Electrical needs.