Best Techniques For Winterizing Your Water Pipes
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Best Techniques For Winterizing Your Water Pipes

Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.


Best Techniques For Winterizing Your Water Pipes

Seven Tips for Keeping Your Cool While Waiting on the A/C to Be Fixed

Carla Taylor

Summer is the absolute worst time for your air conditioning to stop working. The heat outside makes it hard to get any relief from stuffy, inside air. Unfortunately, summer is also the most likely time for your air conditioner to go out. This is because your system is working harder to keep up with cooling your home despite warm outdoor temperatures. Here are seven tips for keeping your cool when your A/C is broken in hot weather.

  1. Grill out. Using the stove and oven can heat up your kitchen. If you are struggling to keep your home cool without air conditioning, cooking indoors is just going to make it more difficult. Instead, fire up the grill and eat your dinner outside. Think of it as a summer picnic, and enjoy keeping what is left of the cool air inside your house.
  2. Strategically open windows. In order to keep the air circulating throughout your home, try opening the downstairs windows. Ones that are particularly good to open are windows that are shaded by trees or by a covered porch or patio. This way, the air coming in will not be quite as warm as air from a window that is in the sun all day.
  3. Use a fan in the window. If there are rooms in your home that get particularly warm during the day, such as an upstairs bedroom, try placing a small fan in the window of that room. During the day, point the fan facing out, so that it will blow hot air out the window, and during the cooler part of the evening, turn it around, so that you can have a cooler breeze coming into the room. 
  4. Go Downstairs. If your home has a basement, it will provide a nice reprieve from the heat. Look for ways to work down there if it is possible. If you do not have a basement, stay in rooms that are in the interior of your home, with limited windows. That way, the sun will be not be shining into the room and heating it up.
  5. Get out of the house. If the heat is making you uncomfortable, leave the house for a little while. Run errands or go to a movie. This will give you a chance to cool off, and enjoy your day.
  6. Drink lots of water. When you get hot, your body loses water in the form of sweat. Keeping yourself hydrated is an important part of avoiding getting too hot.
  7. Take a cold shower. Another great way to regulate your body heat is to take a cold shower. This will help to keep you cool, even when the temperatures in your home are climbing.

For more tips, talk to an HVAC service like Allcounty Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning.