Tenants, your landlord should be staying ahead of the winter maintenance of your rental, but you are still responsible for keeping up with some important maintenance tips during the cold weather season to keep you warm and safe.
When temperatures plummet, the risk of your pipes freezing increases drastically.
Frozen pipes create nothing but problems for everyone involved. That is why it is imperative to follow tips to prevent this from happening.
- Make sure to keep the heat no lower than 55 degrees
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow the warmer air to circulate
- Let the water drip from any faucets
Alert your landlord if you are going away for a long period of time so they can monitor your rental This is extremely important in protecting your pipes from freezing and potentially causing major damage to your place. It’s better to have a slightly higher heating bill than a potential plumbing disaster. Here are a couple other ways to try in save in other areas of the house:
- Unplug computers, tv’s and other electronic devices to save on electricity
- Turn off all but one light as a sense of security
It doesn’t take much effort to protect your pipes from freezing and can save a lot of money and headache to be mindful of this throughout our New England winter months.