Is your home ready for that first winter cold snap? It can be hard to dwell on winter weather in such a mild climate, but taking steps to winterize your home’s plumbing can be a smart idea no matter where you live. Even on the Oregon Coast, winter temperatures have been known to dip into the twenties, and we see at least one or two snowfalls a year here in the Willamette Valley. Winterizing your plumbing may not be the first item on your home maintenance checklist, but a burst pipe can cause quite the headache for an unprepared homeowner! Luckily, insulating your water pipes can provide a measure of protection.
Anytime you hear the word “insulation,” it’s natural to wonder just how much labor is involved. However, unlike some large home insulation projects, a trusted plumbing contractor can quickly and easily identify and insulate your accessible water pipes for a reasonable price. Insulating water pipes simply involves wrapping the pipes with an approved insulation material, such as fiberglass or polyethylene tubing, and securing the material in place.
And of course, there is an added benefit to insulating your hot water lines in addition to preventing a burst pipe. Insulated pipes can transport hot water more efficiently and prevent heat loss, which can save money on your water and electric bills. Between the peace of mind that comes with home maintenance, and the prospect of lower utility bills, insulating your water lines is definitely one home maintenance project that should rise to the top of your to-do list this year.
Are you ready to winterize your home’s plumbing? Make an appointment with one of our plumbers today!
The holidays are at our heels, and many of us will be putting up home light displays after Thanksgiving as a way to usher in the winter festivities. Think about your dream holiday lighting display – a home wrapped in light and color, a display worthy of drawing a collection of “oohs” and “aahs” from both visiting relatives and passersby. But before you take down your collection of baubles from winters past, ask yourself this: is your home ready to take on the most complex and elaborate of holiday light displays? Or will you need to pull down that box of extension cords too, wondering where to trim back due to a lack of power supply? If your visions of an awe-inspiring light display have been curbed by electrical limitations in the past, consider an easy and relatively economical fix: exterior outlets.
Adding an exterior outlet to your home is a simple electrical upgrade that can be performed in less than a day by a licensed electrician. Having an exterior outlet installed is similar to the process of having an interior outlet installed – the biggest difference between the two outlets (besides the location) is that exterior outlets are also installed with waterproof covers and other weather-proofing features, as they will be subjected to more extreme environmental wear-and-tear than the outlets inside your home. Having an extra exterior outlet or two can cut down on the number of extension cords you need to use, drawing more attention to your carefully constructed light display and reducing the number of possible tripping hazards in your front yard.
Of course, exterior outlets can be useful after the holiday season, too! Exterior outlets can help you complete home improvement projects faster by providing a handy place to plug in your power tools. And if you like to use your back yard and patio area for summer get-togethers, an exterior outlet will allow you to hang additional lighting to help your party last long into the night. Whatever outdoor electrical needs you face, an exterior outlet can provide a safe and convenient source of power for your lights, tools and appliances.
Think it’s time to kick your holiday light display up a notch? The electricians at Home Comfort can help! Contact us today to schedule an appointment.