Blog :: 02-2016

Cold Weather = Frozen Pipes

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When below zero temperatures hit, our local plumbing companies are deluged with calls to fix/replace frozen pipes. Here are some tips to keep your pipes from bursting.

Thawing Frozen Pipes: If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.

Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you can't locate the frozen area, it is not accessible, or you cannot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber. Be sure to check other pipes as well.

Future Protection: Your spring "to do" list should include adding insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.

Your real estate agent can recommend licensed plumbers or building professionals to help you prevent future freeze-ups.

 

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    The Biggest Bang for Your Home Improvement Buck

    There are plenty of national statistics showing which home improvements are likely to add the most to the value of your house. Remodeling Magazine’s recent study indicates that the list would include, in this order: insulation, a new front door, new garage doors, new siding and new windows.

    However, in my opinion, this list varies greatly from region to region. Here in Litchfield and Dutchess Counties, we have a large percentage of part-time residents, many of whom don’t have the time or interest in doing renovations after purchasing a home in the Tri-State area. For our market, newly-renovated top-quality kitchens and baths would be at the top of the list to bring the maximum sales price. All of the other items mentioned above are also huge benefits to producing a sale, but if the kitchen and baths are dated or unattractive, you will probably be leaving money on the table.

    If you are considering some major home improvements, whether to enjoy or with the thought of eventually selling, we at Best & Cavallaro would be happy to meet with you and offer some advice.

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      Salisbury is Jumping in February!

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      It is the 90th year of ski jumping in Salisbury, CT. It promises to be an exciting month with two big jumping events. It kicks off with Jumpfest on Feb. 12-14 (jumpfest.org) and continues on with the Junior Nationals (jncjn2016.com) on Feb. 23-27.

      There will also be a Winter Festival (awinterfestival.com) with many community activities planned from Feb. 12-28 to add to the fun. This is a wonderful opportunity to watch future Olympians fly through the air. In addition to ski jumping, there will be many events happening throughout the region including ice carving, human dog sled races, pancake breakfast, the Snowball Dance, gallery openings and a chili contest.

      Don't worry if you don't see snow out your window at home - the snowmaking equipment at Satre Hill will be working overtime to make plenty of snow for the jumps! Grab your cow bell and come cheer on the jumpers!

       

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