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4 Things to Do for a Safe and Healthy Winter

This winter, don’t forget to do whatever you can to make your home a safe and healthy place. When you run your heating system, there’s a possibility of a carbon monoxide leak or another dangerous issue that could affect your family members, and that’s something you want to avoid at all costs. Here are our tips for making sure your home is safe and healthy all season long.

Inspect the Heating System

It’s important to inspect the heating system before it gets very cold. That way, you can find out about any issue that may allow for a carbon monoxide leak or gas leak and get the problem under control. We highly recommend that you call licensed heating technicians who know how to spot a cracked heat exchanger or loose connection.

Check for Snow-Blocked Vents

Blocked vents can be very dangerous for your heater. When the byproducts of combustion cannot vent safely out of the home, they may back up into your living space. A safety switch could kick in to prevent this—but not always. Keep a look out for vents that can become blocked by snow or anything else around the outside of the home.

Keep Pipes from Freezing

Water expands when it freezes. So when it freezes in the pipes, the pipe could potentially expand as well. A burst pipe may allow water to leak out all over the home, leading to the potential for mold growth, structural damage, and an expensive cleanup. Keep pipes from freezing by adding insulation to them (like a pipe sleeve) and ensuring the heat from your heater can reach exposed piping.

Test Smoke and CO Detectors

You should have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors throughout the home, especially near areas where people sleep. You should also test the alarms once a month and replace the batteries every 6 months.

Call Evans Plumbing Inc for quality heating and plumbing services in Twin Falls, ID.

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