My friends Judy and John Rizzo are the owners of Rizzo Plumbing. They have an excellent website to refer to for a lot of useful information. The website is www.rizzoplumbingandheating.com
Here is part of a great article about frozen pipes that I wanted to share here with all of you.
Frozen pipes can be avoided, but if they happen damage can be minimized. Here is a handy checklist:
BEFORE IT GETS COLD:
1-insulate the pipes in the attic and crawlspaces
2-seal leaks that allow cold air inside ( where pipes are located)
3-make sure all household members know where the main shut off is located
WHEN THE MERCURY DROPS
1-open faucets and let water drip
2-don’t attempt to thaw frozen pipes with an open flame(water damage is better than burning your house down)
3-try using a blow dryer to thaw frozen pipes starting at the faucet and working your way back to the coldest section of pipe
4-call a plumber to avoid a burst pipe
IF YOUR PIPES BURST
1-shut water off at main
2-call a plumber
There are many civic groups and individuals that help our town look more beautiful by adopting an area or Island to maintain. Weymouth Rotary has adopted an Island this year as well. We are proud to join the ranks with all the others who contribute their time as well.
Many of us homeowners are ready to give our homes some new looks and features. As we spend time indoors this cold winter, it is a great time to start planning your projects. But do you know where to start? I asked my friend, Allison Guido, owner of Almar Building and Remodeling, for some sound advise to pass along.
First–ASK QUESTIONS! Ask about reputation, years of experience, referrals, and never take an estimate without examination and asking for clarification. Many of you will be looking at quotes from a few companies–make certain that you get detailed written estimates so that you can compare Apples to Apples. Don’t assume that something is included if it is not in writing.
QUALITY AND SERVICE: Do they truly provide quality craftsmanship and service? You do get what you pay for and you are trusting them with your home. How long have they been in business and can they show you examples of past projects with testimonials?
WARRANTY: What is their warranty on labor? And will they assist you with any manufacturer’s warranties? Do they work directly with many of these companies to make this process seamless?
INSURANCE & TAXES: Is everyone you are talking to operating a legal business? Do they have the correct licenses and insurance? Will you, your home & family be protected if something happens during the project? Did you know your homeowner’s policy does not protect you if a worker gets injured on your property of does damage to your home? The contractor MUST carry the proper insurance.
Remodeling your home can be a very smooth process when you have the right team on the job. To learn more about Allison and her company, you can go the their website www.almarbuilding.com