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Helpful Tips…


 

Pro Restoration 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 disaster…

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 Restoration.

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 economical.

3. During cold weather, take preventive action:

  • 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 children.

  • 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 Break

What should I do if my pipes freeze?
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 drop ceiling.

  • 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 pipes!

  • Rubbing the pipes with warm, damp rags may slowly thaw the line.

  • 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 breaks?

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 turning.


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 Call Us at 781-776-6653.

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