Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog weather watcher, woke up and did not see his shadow this morning, calling for an early Spring.
The next few days will see warmer than normal temperatures. However, forecasters say there are strong indications that a major shift in the weather pattern could arrive about halfway through this month.
According to a recent post on NJ.com, “Big change in February weather pattern could make snow fans happy.” Check out the full article here. In addition, “Snowstorm chances to linger into March, AccuWeather’s spring forecast says.”
Frozen pipes can present an invisible threat – one that you might not recognize until the weather starts to warm. By then, the water damage can be significant and costly. Fortunately, keeping your home warmer, at a consistent temperature, and better insulated can help protect your pipes from freezing this winter.
If you suspect pipes in your home have been exposed to freezing temperatures, or water is not flowing through a faucet normally, follow these steps to help reduce the potential for water damage:
- Locate and close the main water shutoff valve as soon as possible and before temperatures rise above freezing.
- Open all faucets including those outside to drain remaining water from pipes.
- Have buckets, towels and fans available to contain, clean-up and dry water leaks.
- Slowly turn water back on and inspect for leaks. If there are leaks, be prepared to turn the water off immediately.
- Also inspect pipes for damage in areas like attics and crawl spaces, where it is safe to do so.
- Never use torches or heat guns to facilitate thawing as these can create fire hazards.
- As temperatures increase above freezing, watch and listen for signs of water leaks.
- If there is pipe damage, call a licensed plumber for repairs.
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Check out the entire article from Travelers. You will be glad that you did.
Winter can be harsh and demanding. Take steps now to prepare your home and ensure your family’s safety and your peace of mind.
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