HARRISONBURG, Va. With these icy weather conditions, we wanted to provide tips on how you can prepare your home for this winter weather.
Steve Stroop, the service manager at American Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, said they were busy over the weekend.
He said, most calls came from people not doing yearly general maintenance on their heating systems; so they weren't prepared when the winter hit.
Stroop said, a good tip is to always do a visual inspection before a storm hits, to make sure there are no bushes or limbs that could restrict airflow.
As far as power outages, he said power is restored fairly quickly in our area, but if you need to get by for a day or two, fireplaces and portable heaters are the best way to go.
"When you look at the outdoor unit, you want to make sure it is not crowded up. In Harrisonburg, especially in town homes, we see a lot of times people set things against the unit and forget they set it there. For example, box lids, pizza boxes, and those kinds of things against the unit will restricts the air flow. Then, if you get ice and snow on top of that, you have pretty much stopped the flow of air and that causes your problem," said Stroop.
Another good tip to remember is to always disconnect your outside water hoses; otherwise, Stroop said the water can't drain away from the pipe and your water lines freeze faster.
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