01 | 05 | 2014Ice Belongs Outside (or In Your Freezer)
It’s official, winter has arrived in full force here in New England! This morning it was 2 degrees in Boston, -8 in Plymouth, and a bone chilling -11 in Taunton!
I bet you noticed every draft in your home last night, and I’m sure there were some in the kitchen and bathrooms. Drafts are not only uncomfortable but they could lead to frozen pipes. These frozen pipes may thaw over the next couple of days leaving you with a burst pipe and water damage. Some signs of a frozen pipe would be a slow running faucet, a faucet that does not work at all, or ice surrounding a pipe in the cabinet or basement. If this has happened to you call a plumber right away. Leave the cabinet doors open to circulate the heat into the cabinet, run the faucet at a trickle if you are able to, and try to isolate the faucet by turning off the supply lines if possible. This will limit the water damage should the pipe burst. Do not attempt to thaw the pipes with a torch or heat gun because you may cause a fire that can go undetected in a wall.
If you just have a drafty kitchen or bathroom without the frozen pipes, there is still hope, especially if you are planning a kitchen or bathroom remodel. For instance, while the wall is open you can insulate or re-insulate the exterior walls. You can also insulate around the wiring and pipes. This is code now, but depending on the age of your home it may not have been done. Windows and doors are also drafty areas. Replacing the existing windows and doors with new energy efficient units will pay dividends later.
Perhaps your room simply requires more radiators or vents than it currently has. If you have room along the walls you could add more, however, if the space is tight you can always add a toe-kick heater. Alternatively, you could go with my favorite heat source, radiant floor heating. Using radiant floor heating with your hardwood or tile floor has a few advantages. First, you’ll have warm feet! Also, radiant floor heating is perfect if you want to free up some wall space by removing those long radiators you may have now. Not ready to make the switch now? That’s okay, you can plan ahead by adding the radiant floor tubing before installing a new floor. With the tubing in place it will be a breeze to connect later!
Would you like more ideas? Feel free to contact us anytime to discuss your options for a beautiful new and toasty warm kitchen.