As the second Polar Vortex strikes large parts of the nation this season, pipes can, and will freeze. Every year 50 million homes will experience frozen pipes. A broken pipe can create a major flood in your house, creating an emergency situation for you, and your family.
If your water stops flowing, and you suspect a pipe is frozen consider taking a few steps to work through they problem.
First, open all faucets in the affected area, this can reduce the pressure in your pipes, and provide an outlet when the pipe thaws.
Next, if you are able to locate the affected pipes use a hair dryer to provide heat to thaw out the pipes. If you start getting water out of the tap keep applying the heat until you restore a full flow of water.
If the pipe breaks, immediately use the water shut off for your home. A few hundred gallons of water can be released in just a few moments. Unless you know where the shut off is for the affected area, shut down the water for the house, and then think through if you have a shut off valve for the broken pipe area.
Also, if you have water leaking be sure to turn off the electricity in the area to avoid a short circuit or possible electrocution.
Then, unless you are skilled at plumbing call a plumber to fix the pipes, and clean up as much water as possible to avoid mold or mildew from forming. In many instances you may need to call a water restoration expert to remove the water you can’t reach, like inside your walls. Most homeowner’s insurance policies cover this type of damage and water removal, check with your insurance agent for guidance.
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One of the dangers of an earthquake is they strike without warning. One time I was in Mexico and in the middle of the night the earth shook. While the damage to the hotel was minimal, I struggled to walk. My first reaction was to try to get out of the room. Fortunately, the quake stopped before I got very far. What could have been different if I had advanced warning? I could have stood under the door jam for extra protection, or ducked under the room desk for protection. In the past, early warning systems were science fiction.
Today, Early Warning Labs, a California start up company announced within three years they expect to release an early warning system.
The system a smartphone will provide an app along with an in-home in-home alarm system that will notify users moments before the earth shakes. In addition, the warning will tell you how intense of a quake to expect.
Public services will use the heads up to shut off gas mains, open firehouse doors and perhaps shut down elevators.
The system is able to sense when the ground first starts to release energy, but before the shaking starts. The few seconds could mean the difference between life, and death in some instances.
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The cold and flu season is ramping up. One of the easiest and least costly weapons to fight the spread of germs and illness is the use of hand sanitizers.
Put one by each sink in the rest room, and attach one or more by doorways as people enter and exit your establishment.
A few tips on getting the most from a sanitizer. First, use a good amount, this is one time more is better then skimping. You want to make sure you get enough to do the job.
Second, take a moment to insure you get under your fingernails and between your fingers, these are germ hideouts. Also make sure you get both sides of your hands and your wrists.
Third, be vigorous and rub into your hands, keep rubbing until dry, take a moment, the extra few seconds may just kill that flu bug.
As you travel around, take advantage of sanitizers you encounter. Think about how many people have touched the door handle, ATM machine, counter or anything else.
Take the steps you can to stay healthy.
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