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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
Office:  215-643-3200
Cell:  267-481-1786
Fax:  267-354-6973

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Protecting Your Home's Plumbing in Winter

February 25, 2015 2:06 am

In winter, many homeowners are unprepared for plumbing issues associated with cold weather. Failure to prepare early may prove costly when pipes freeze, so winterize your plumbing as soon as possible.

The plumbing experts at Roto-Rooter recommend:
  • Disconnecting outside water hoses. If left connected during freezing temperatures, water in hoses will freeze and expand, causing connecting faucets and pipes to freeze and break.
  • Inspect outside faucets. If dripping or leaking, make the necessary repairs or call a plumber before a freeze.
  • Note that when pipes freeze, water pressure builds, causing cracks whether the pipe is made of plastic, copper or steel. Even a tiny crack can unleash 250 gallons of water in a single day.
  • If your home is equipped with interior shut-off valves leading to outside faucets, close them and drain water from the pipes.
  • Cover outside faucets using an inexpensive faucet insulation kit.
  • Insulate pipes in unheated areas. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around exposed pipes.
  • Your water heater works harder during winter months. Drain corrosion-causing sediment from the tank, which reduces energy efficiency.
  • Set water heater thermostat to 125 degrees Fahrenheit for optimum performance without risk of scalding.
  • Clear any leaves and debris from roof gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage throughout the winter season.
  • Inspect and clean sump pit. Remove any rocks and debris from pit then dump a bucket of water into the sump pit to test the pump. If it turns on and pumps water out then turns itself off, it is operating properly.
  • Make sure your furnace is set no lower than 55 degrees during the winter to prevent pipes from freezing.
Source: Roto-Rooter

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Reducing Energy Consumption in Cold Weather

February 25, 2015 2:06 am

Furnaces have been operating overtime in order to combat frigid weather, which likely has led to an increase in heating bills. By taking some simple steps, homeowners can reduce their costs without sacrificing warmth.
  • Open the blinds on the south side of your home during sunny days, but keep the blinds closed on cloudy days and at night.
  • Use a programmable thermostat and set it to 68 degrees Fahrenheit when you're at home and 65 degrees when sleeping or away.
  • Turn off non-essential lights, appliances, electronics and other equipment.
  • Postpone, whenever possible, using electric appliances such as dishwashers, dryers and cooking equipment during on-peak or mid-peak price periods.
  • Check to see that weather stripping around your doors, fireplace dampers and attic hatches are in place and intact.
  • Check your furnace filter and replace immediately if needed.
  • Keep supply and return air vents clear of furniture and appliances so your furnace can work more efficiently.
Source: PowerStream

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