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Holliston February 2018

Holliston February 2018

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Page 22 Holliston Local Town Pages February 2018 Preventing and Dealing with Frozen Pipes State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said, “This bitter cold weather brings the risk of frozen pipes. As difficult as that situation is, it is important not to make a bad situation worse; many people cause fires trying to thaw frozen pipes.” Tips for Preventing Frozen Pipes • When the weather is very cold outside, let the water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing, because the temperature of the water running through it is above freezing. • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children. • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst. • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home or business set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF. • Shut off outside water. Protect Sprinklers Systems In order to protect sprinkler systems, check on your building during to the cold snap, especially if you don’t have a low temperature alarm. Make sure that all portions of the building remain heated to at least 40°F and not exposed to freezing conditions. Setting the thermostat higher -50-60 °F during this cold snap will help make sure pipes in concealed areas stay warm. Run Your Inserts & Ads With Us! Call Lori Koller (508) 934-9608 To Thaw Frozen Pipes • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Locate the area of the water pipe that might be frozen. Likely places include pipes running against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation. • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt more ice in the pipe. • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, or wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame devices. A blowtorch can make water in a frozen pipe boil and cause the pipe to explode. All open flames in homes present a serious fire danger, as well as a severe risk of exposure to lethal carbon monoxide. • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber. • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too. • Be careful using space heaters to warm up areas near pipes. Don’t overload circuits. Try not to use extension cords but if you must, make sure they are rated for the appliance. Heat producing appliances need stronger extension cords than lamps. • Remember not to leave the door of a gas oven open; it will produce large amounts of carbon monoxide. • Be sure there are working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of the home. Milford Community School Use Program to Offer “Sell Your Home” Seminar The Milford Community School Use Adult Education Program will be presenting an informative seminar called “Sell Your Home: Strategies for Success.” The program is one night only and will be moderated by local real estate agent David Hodgdon of Millennium Realty. Topics will include preparing to move, how to get organized and declutter, what repairs to make, how to hire a real estate agent, tips for selling and buying at the same time, and what to expect during the selling process. Pam Ahern of the home organization company Stuff Organized Simply will be on-hand to discuss how to prepare for the big move. She will be talking about decluttering and organizing, as well as tips for efficient packing. Lee Abdella of Walsh Home Inspections will lead a discussion about the home inspection process and what items you can expect to be examined so you can get those repairs out of the way before potential buyers even step foot in your home. David Hodgdon will talk about what questions to ask a potential real estate agent so you are getting the best agent to help you reach your goals. He will also review the process of selling the home. All three experts will be available for questions following the presentation. The seminar will take place at 7 pm on Tuesday, February 27 in Room A-14 at Milford High School located at 31 Fountain Street in Milford, MA. Refreshments will be available. There is no charge for this event, however space is limited to just thirty participants who must register on the Milford Community School Use Program website: http://mcs.milford. For more information or for assistance with registration, contact David Hodgdon at (508) 246-8311.

February 2018 Holliston Local Town Pages Page 23 Lauren Gilkison 508-429-4376 Lynn Rossini 508-259-2100 TEAM RICE - Carl, Kristen, Ellie, Adam 508-330-0281 Lydia Rajunas 617-901-1275 Melissa Kaspern 508-333-4670 Katie McBride 508-277-9600 Kerry Peterson 508-380-3595 We would LOVE to Sell your house this year too! 76 Railroad Street Holliston $595,000 6 School Street Upton 2 Juna Way Franklin $799,900 COMMERCIAL COMING SOON Lauren Gilkison Katie McBride Team Rice 9 Squibnocket Road Franklin 11 Villa Drive Medway 12 Curve Street Holliston SOLD SOLD SOLD Melissa Kaspern Team Rice Lynn Rossini 597 Central Street Holliston 48 Lovering Street Medway 174 Saddle Hill Hopkinton UAG SOLD UAG Lynn Rossini Team Rice Katie McBride 2 Iarussi Way Medway 397 Main Street Oxford 4 Breton Road Upton $420,000 SOLD UAG Team Rice Lydia Rajunas Katie McBride 404 WASHINGTON STREET, HOLLISTON, MA 01746 • 508-429-6767

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