would like to share some tips
that may be of help to our community
regarding topics such as insurance,
mold and what to do in the case of a
1. Mold: it's as old
as the Earth and it's everywhere-
inside homes and out. And under the
right set of conditions, it can
actually start to grow inside your
house. Even though the issue of
household mold is not new, you may
have heard something about it
recently in the media. The National
Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
has prepared consumer information to
help you understand what mold is,
how it can grow in your home, the
routine maintenance procedures you
can follow to prevent mold problems.
With question please ask us at Pro
2. Cleaning: White
distilled vinegar is a popular
household cleanser, effective for
killing most mold, bacteria, and
germs, due to its level of acidity.
Cleaning with white distilled
vinegar is a smart way to avoid
using harsh chemicals. You’ll also
be glad to know that it is
environmentally friendly and very
3. During cold weather, take
Keep garage doors closed
if there are water supply lines
in the garage.
Open kitchen and bathroom
cabinet doors to allow warmer
air to circulate around the
plumbing. Be sure to move any
harmful cleaners and household
chemicals out of the reach of
When the weather is very
cold outside, let the cold water
drip (at a minimal amount) from
the faucet served by exposed
pipes. Running water through the
pipe, even at a trickle, helps
prevent frozen pipes.
During extreme cold, keep
the thermostat set to the same
temperature both during the day
and at night.
If you will be going away
during cold weather, leave the
heat set to a temperature no
lower than 55ºF.
4. If Your Pipes Freeze or
What should I do if my pipes
If you turn on a faucet and get no
water, your pipes may be frozen. If
your pipes freeze, there are some
procedures that you can follow to
thaw them. The sooner the problem is
recognized, the better chance that
damage will be minimized.
Some techniques for thawing
frozen pipes include:
If possible, expose a boxed-in
area to the inside heat. An
example includes opening some
ceiling tiles if your home has a
Use a heat gun. However, be
extremely careful as the heat
from the heat gun will ignite
any wood or paper it contacts.
DO NOT use torches to thaw
Rubbing the pipes with warm,
damp rags may slowly thaw the
If you do not have water for an
extended period of time, special
attention should be given to hot
water heaters and boilers.
What should I do if a pipe
Shut off your water immediately,
using your home's shutoff valve.
Where are my shutoff valves?
There are actually two major shutoff
valves in line with your service.
The first valve, called a curb stop,
is generally located near the
property line and is normally housed
by a cylinder with a cap on it
called the curb box. The other major
valve is located in the home next to
the water meter. Other valves may be
near plumbing appliances such as
sinks and toilets.
Keeping your main valve in good
working condition will assure you
that you will be able to turn your
water off in the event of an
emergency, in case one of your water
pipes breaks, for example. Older
style gate valves should be turned
periodically due to possible
corrosion build-up. Newer Teflon
coated ball valves should stay in
working order without any regular
What if my main valve does not
work in an emergency?
You should call your local Public
Works Department so that someone can
shut off your water, and then
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