I decided to send you a link with the information I wanted to communicate rather than draft and send each of you a separate message.
With the upcoming cold blast starting today with temps dropping and wind chill getting pretty nasty, it's past time to prepare.
However, it's tomorrow night (Saturday, Jan 13) where things start moving into danger zones for plumbing systems. And this looks to continue through Tuesday night with daytime temps remaining below freezing and night time temps dropping into the minus range Tuesday night.
I wanted to ask you to do a couple of things so as to hopefully not have any freezing issues with plumbing. Please read the following in preparation for weather event:
1) Be safe and prepare for trouble out there. The sharp drop in temperatures combined with high winds will make it very dangerous outdoors. Be careful.
2) Plumbing systems are most vulnerable in this kind of situation, especially in these older houses. With that, please plan to run a hot water faucet or two when you go to bed tomorrow nights. Keep a small stream of water running so as to keep water moving through pipes.
3) Open cabinet doors under kitchen and bath sinks. This just keeps warm air moving around plumbing.
4) Most of you have all electric HVAC systems with heat pumps (1400 is the exception). Do not set your thermostats to emergency heat settings as this will not provide any more heat than the normal heat pump setting.
Heat pump systems automatically switch on emergency when it cannot produce enough heat to meet thermostat settings. I believe all are set so that if temps drop two degrees below settings, emergency heat is engaged.
Hopefully these precautions will keep pipes from freezing. This cold spell will drag on a bit. I expect heat units to be stressed as well, but trust they will do the job until this passes. A small space heater may be a good idea to have around in case it gets a bit chilly inside.
DON'T LEAVE SPACE HEATERS RUNNING WHEN YOU'RE NOT AT HOME!
Of course, text me if you have issues with these systems.