Increasing the Value of Your Home Through Flooring
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Increasing the Value of Your Home Through Flooring

Your floors are an often overlooked but very important part of your home. Dirty, tattered, outdated or ugly floors can make your home look far less attractive and valuable than it may be. In contrast, beautiful and well kept floors give your home a special sparkle. It is especially important to pay attention to your flooring if you are thinking about selling your home. By installing clean and beautiful new floors, you can increase the value of your home far more than the cost of your flooring. My background as a real estate agent has taught me what potential buyers want in floors, and now I'm going to teach you. Make your home all it can be with floors that say your home is the best.

Increasing the Value of Your Home Through Flooring

How Can You Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing?

Isabella Bennett

Frozen pipes are a common problem at this time of year. At best, frozen pipes are a nuisance. At worst, frozen pipes can burst open and cause hundreds or thousands of dollars in damage. Knowing how to prevent your pipes from freezing can save you time, trouble and expense.

Leave the Faucet Running

This is one of the most common prevention methods practiced by homeowners. Leave the faucets in your home running when the temperature outside drops quickly and when the temperature outside remains extremely low for a long period of time. Many homeowners may wonder what outdoor temperature is low enough to cause pipes to freeze. In reality, this varies by household depending on a home's insulation and the location of the pipes in the house. As a general rule, temperatures in the 10s and 20s (Fahrenheit) are considered low enough to cause the pipes to freeze. When leaving the faucet running, turn on both hot and cold water. Set the faucet at a trickle.

Keep Warm Air Flowing

On occasions when the faucets are left running, leave cabinet and closet doors open to expose pipes inside. This promotes airflow and allows warm, heated air from the house to keep the pipes warm.

Keep the Heater Turned On

Leave the heat running when you leave your house for an extended period of time. If you want to keep the cost of heating your empty home at a minimum, set the thermostat to a cool 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Insulate Your Pipes

One of the best ways to prevent your pipes from freezing is to install pipe insulation. Insulation prevents the cold air outside the pipe from affecting the water temperature inside the pipe. Homeowners on a budget can do this inexpensively by wrapping the pipes in newspapers, rags or towels and using zip ties to keep the insulation attached. However, pipe insulation purchased from a plumbing supply store will offer more protection and may be easier to install. Pipe insulation comes in self-adhesive sleeves that can be easily cut down to the length of the pipes being insulated. Insulation can be installed as a DIY project over a weekend, or can be installed by a licensed plumber.

For more information about how you can protect your pipes and prevent them from freezing this winter, contact a licensed plumber in your area. For more information about pipe insulation, stop in at a local plumbing supply store or visit websites like