Protect Your Home and Yourself During Roller Coaster Temps

(WTNH)– If you like roller coasters, this weeks weather has been quite a ride. From plunging drops, we’ll be chugging up hill again by the end of the week.  Today’s temperature was 31 degrees by Saturday, it could be 51 degrees.  So how can you best weather the ride?

“Dress up in layers,” said Dr. Celeste Mapas-Dimaya of Internal Medicine of Greater New Haven.  “So if you have on four layers, depending on weather changes, we can always remove some layers and protect ourselves.”

When it comes to the frigid days, there’s a reason that you’ve heard, ‘Bundle up or you’ll get sick!.’

“It can bring down the defense system of the body and then the virus and bacteria and everything else just invades,” said Dr. Mapas-Dimaya.

As the temperature warms up, plumber Vincent Cirillo phone starts ringing.

“Once you go through the cold period and it warms up a little bit, that’s when it opens up all the split pipes,” said Vincent Cirillo of Brushy Hill Plumbing. “That’s when you have all the problems. As soon as that thaw comes out and exposes all your pipes.”

So, if you haven’t already wrapped your pipe, it’s worth it.  Cirillo says it can be done very cheaply and the wrap or insulation can be bought at the big box home improvement stores.
Despite all the warnings, Cirillo says the calls come in every winter.

“Cold air with wind, especially here on the shoreline, there’s a lot of wind,” said Cirillo.  “There’s a lot if outside fence, air comes through, goes into a cold area, there’s a pipe in that area and the next thing you know there’s a frozen pipe.

People need to be prepared.  Cirillow recommends that windows and doors should have moulding or weather stripping.  Air conditioners need to be covered.  Cold air can freeze the heating pipe at the bottom and cause it to split and leak.  Drain down outside faucet lines.

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