The lower-than-usual temperatures can be tough on buildings. The word from EG Public Works Director Joe Duarte is that town buildings have been handling the cold pretty well, with no problems. That's good news for taxpayers, since problems cost money.
But most of us have our own homes to worry about too and when it comes to cold weather, the biggest concern is pipes that freeze, burst, then gush when the water inside thaws.
Here are some tips for homeowners:
- Make sure pipes are properly insulated, especially in basements and attics.
- Seal up cracks and holes in exterior or interior walls that can allow cold air to contact pipes.
- Keep heat on in homes when not occupied. A rule of thumb is set the thermostat at 50 degrees.
- Allowing faucets to drip slightly alleviates pressure buildup in the system.
If you have any other suggestions or horror stories, tell us in the comments section.
Nothing has changed much.
Very cold, very windy, nothing unusual.
Melting freezing, melaing freezing
it's a nuisance
we've actrually spent moer than usual
they last a long time
many hours chasing an inch here, two inches there
30 percent of budget