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How to Winterize Your Pipes to Protect Your Home

Frozen pipes can mean big trouble in and around a home. A hard freeze can lead to broken and busted pipes and other plumbing fixtures, which can cause water damage and increased water bills. Fortunately, preventing frozen pipes is not overly difficult if you are willing to put in the time and effort to do the job.

Tips for Winterizing Your Pipes

  • Outside – Drain and store garden hoses. Shut off all the outside spigots when possible. If it is necessary to use a garden hose during the winter months, the hose should be drained after use and put away again. Hoses left attached to spigots can freeze and damage both the hose and the spigot.

Attempt to shield the water meter from excessive wind and cold. Even simple cardboard can help prevent cold winds from freezing and breaking a water meter.

  • Inside – It is best to insulate all pipes that will be exposed to cold. Hardware stores offer several options for insulation material, including heated versions. Heating is a good option when there is significant risk of freezing in spite of basic insulation.

Open up cabinets where water pipes are located to allow the heated air inside the home to keep them warm. Avoid lowering the thermostat below 55 degrees, even while away from the home. The extra heating bill is less expensive than renovating a flooded home.

Sealing and insulating the home wherever possible is also recommended. External pipes entering the home often come with gaps in the wall where they are located – gaps where cold air can enter. Seal up all gaps, including those found around windows and doors. This will have an added benefit of lowering the heating bill. When possible, it is also a good idea to place insulation in walls where pipes are located.

  • Leaving the house for extended periods – If one is leaving the home for long enough that keeping the heat on is impractical, it is best to shut off the water at the point where it enters the home. This, combined with draining the remaining water left in the pipes by turning on the faucets, will ensure there is no water left to freeze.
  • Sprinklers – Turning off the sprinkler system will not eliminate the risk of a freeze. It is best to have a professional come out and blow out the water left in the sprinkler system to guarantee protection.

If you would like to learn more about how to winterize your pipes and other plumber training, enroll in one of our exciting plumbing programs at Vatterott!

The Many Benefits of Wind Energy

Wind energy offers so many advantages to the United States and the world as a whole. Not only does it deliver emission-free, clean energy, it also provides much needed jobs to rural communities and reduces the country’s reliance on foreign energy sources. These benefits are increasing as the technology advances. Gaining knowledge in wind turbine and repair may be an excellent investment in the future.

Multiple Benefits of Wind Energy

  • Clean energy – The energy obtained from wind turbines is “clean”. As opposed to fossil fuels, wind energy does not pollute the environment. It delivers ongoing energy with almost zero harm to the surrounding world.
  • Truly renewable – The wind blows and will continue to blow indefinitely. Granted, some days it blows more than others, but over time it can be relied upon to keep turning the wind turbine and producing the energy that modern societies require.
  • Cost effective – According to the U.S. Department of Energy, wind energy is one of the least expensive renewable energy options currently available. As more and more turbines go up around the country, the technology only becomes more economical.
  • Money for land-owners – Despite their size, wind turbines take up only a small portion of the overall land area they are installed on. This means that farmers and ranchers can continue to use their land to earn a living. In addition, these landowners receive money for the use of their land for the wind turbines. It is a win-win situation for everyone.
  • Jobs in rural areas – Wind farms are typically located in rural areas, often far removed from cities and towns. Jobs can be hard to come by in such places, making wind turbine installation and maintenance a great job opportunity for those that are qualified to do the work.
  • Reduction in foreign energy usage – The majority of fossil fuels are located in some of the most politically unstable areas of the world. This makes getting those resources to the United States particularly challenging and costly. The increase in local renewable energy production, particularly wind energy, reduces the need for foreign energy sources.

Wind energy usage is projected to continue growing over the coming years, making now a great time to learn how to install and repair wind turbines.

To learn how to become a wind turbine technician and take advantage of this growing opportunity, visit Vatterott today!