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How to find drafts:On a windy day, use a stick of incense, a small candle or tea light or a strand of hair or string and slowly “trace” around all windowsills, door jams, vents etc looking for the flame to flicker or the smoke or hair to be blown away. Seal all drafts.Silicone caulking or […]

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Don’t feed the fatberg’: Huge mass blocks English sewer LONDON (AP) — A British official says a giant “fatberg” has been found blocking a sewer in southwestern England: a mass of hardened fat, oil and baby wipes measuring 64 meters (210 feet) long. Andrew Roantree of South West Water says it will “take our sewer […]

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Keep the heat on: if you’re going to be away from home for an extended period of time, make sure your thermostat is not set lower than 55 degrees.  Allow the faucet to drip: this relieves pressure on your home’s water system.Keep interior doors open: leaving cabinet doors open allows heat from the rest of […]

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THE DANGER ZONE: WHEN AND WHY PIPES FREEZE Especially in places that typically see cold winter weather, like New Jersey, well-constructed modern homes are built to protect pipes against freezing. In older homes, however, or during unusually cold temperatures, pipes that are most at risk of freezing are Exposed pipes in unheated areas of the home, Pipes […]

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Reading the manual of your furnace system, you will see that the manufacturer recommends an annual inspection; there are good reasons why manufacturers suggest inspections should be done each year. Uphold Your System’s Warranty Many warranties provided on heating systems have a clause that void the warranty if furnace inspections or maintenance are not completed […]

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While holiday activities can put a strain on your home’s plumbing, there are ways to ease this strain. Here are six quick tips to prevent a plumbing catastrophe during the holidays: Clogged Sinks – Avoid draining oils and greases down your kitchen sink. Fatty substances can solidify in your pipes and clog your kitchen’s plumbing. Instead […]

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Run Ceiling Fans in Reverse Warm air rises, and turning your ceiling fans on reverse forces the warm air back down where you want it, ensuring your home reaches a comfortable temperature quickly. This gives your furnace a bit of help when it comes to keeping your home comfortable. Use Your Programmable Thermostat There’s no […]

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Run a trickle of water:  Run a thin trickle of water from the faucet furthest from the water line coming to your house. Usually, this is in a room at the back of the house.  Allowing the water to circulate through your home’s plumbing helps to keep it from freezing.  Some consider this a waste of […]

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Tip #1: Keep the Heat On If you or your tenants are leaving for a period of time, make sure that the heat is kept on your property. It may be difficult to convince your tenants to leave their heat on when they are away, especially if they are responsible for paying their own utilities. […]

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