Home winterizing urged ahead of freeze in Vegas area
Chris Nartell with Silver State Refrigeration and HVAC inspects a water heater ahead of this week's projected freezing temperatures. (FOX5)
HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) -
Freezing temperatures are expected to hit the Valley overnight on Wednesday.
Silver State Refrigeration and HVAC says before the freezing weather gets here, people should prepare their homes.
"You want to put the blanket around the water heater, which will keep the insulation and keep the water heater warmer," said Chris Nartell, service technician with the company. "The insulated pipes will keep your plumbing from overfreezing and having trouble in the winter time."
Service manager Nick Lopata stopped by a home to check if the homeowner's 20-year-old heating system was functioning properly.
Lopata went into the attic, checked the vents and the batteries on the air conditioning reader.
"It's cheap insurance to make sure that the machine is going to come on," Lopata said.
Lopata says his company is already getting phone calls about broken heaters, but a malfunctioning heating and cooling system is only part of the problem this time of year.
When temperatures get below freezing, Lopata says that's when the company will respond to broken pipes.
"The plumbing division will be ready for pipes that burst. Pipes can burst in the ground, in between the street and your house."
The Home Depot's Ashley Varndell says items such as a spicket cover, weather seal insulator and an outside pipe cover will run you about $20.
She says not properly insulating your home can cost thousands this time of year.
"This is just such an inexpensive investment, but that can save thousands of dollars if your pipe bursts outside," Varndell said.
Lopata says another good rule of thumb is to cover any plants that are outside to keep them from freezing.
Also, if a homeowner suspects a pipe has broken, he or she will likely see water come up to the surface, either on or around the front yard.
Lastly, Lopata says it's smart to turn on a heater before a freeze arrives, because if something is not working properly, it can be looked at before temperatures drop below 32 degrees.
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