Creating A Great Construction Environment

About a year ago, I realized that there were a few things that I needed to do around the house to make my place feel more like a home. For starters, I knew that I needed to replace the carpet, since it was damaged from years of use. Unfortunately, I knew that I didn't have the skills to take care of things on my own, so I turned to a team of professional contractors. They were incredible to work with, and even taught me how to create a great construction environment for my team. After the project was done, I knew that I wanted to make a blog about creating a positive construction environment.

Avoid Frozen Pipes With These 4 Tips

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All too often during the cold months, plumbers are called out to fix frozen pipes. Frozen pipes create an array of household problems, including a lack of running water for the family. Even worse, frozen pipes are liable to burst. Read on for some preventive steps you can take to avoid the situation altogether.

1. Control the temperature.

Reducing the potential for frozen pipes requires keeping the water inside the pipes above 32 degrees Fahrenheit. You don't want to risk it by trying for 33 degrees. Give yourself a much larger margin for safety. Keep the thermostat set to at least 55 degrees at all times during the winter. That means, even when you go away for a few days or head off to work, you shouldn't let the temperature in your house get below that point, even if you're trying to save energy.

2. Insulate your pipes.

Your pipes may not be in an area of the house that gets much heat. You can keep them warm by installing pipe insulation. The process is easier than you might think, and you can probably do this yourself. First, check out your pipes, which are probably down in the basement, in the garage or inside the utility closet. Get a rough measurement of the length of the pipes. You're going to insulate both the hot water and the cold water pipes, so measure them all. Purchase foam pipe insulation from a hardware store. Pipe insulation is pre-cut so you can easily slip it on to your pipes. You'll only need to cut it into the proper lengths to fit the different sections of pipe. Just push it on the pipes, and leave it there year-round.

3. Stop drafts.

You may have water pipes under your sink that lead in from the area behind your kitchen wall. If the construction crew didn't fill in the gap around the pipe, you may have a draft coming in, carrying ice cold air. Either tape a cloth around the pipe with duct tape, or fill in the hole with a can of spray foam insulation, available from any hardware store.

4. Keep water flowing.

Running water can't freeze. If temperatures outside drop into the single digits, you may want to take the extra precaution of running your water faucets. They don't have to be gushing water. A small trickle is enough to keep the water flowing and prevent frozen pipes. If you hate the idea of wasting water, just put a large bucket under the faucet so you can use the water later for cleaning or watering plants.

If you do all these things, you'll never have to worry about frozen pipes again. For more tips, contact a company like Jubilee Plumbing Inc.

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12 February 2015