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Green It (installment 8)

Schaible's Plumbing - Wednesday, December 15, 2010
You may have noticed one of the less attractive signs of an approaching winter: a coating of ice on your driveway, walkways, or sidewalk. There are greener ways to deal with ice, but this month we’re also giving you some healthy hints for a safe new year:
  • Stay off your slippery roof. Hospital stays are not green.
  • Use sand or environmentally safe ice melts where possible. Just remember that all ice melts need time to work, so read the directions on the bag.
  • While you’re reading those directions, check that you’re not using more ice melt than the manufacturer suggests. Avoid waste and be greener.
  • Ice can damage water-carrying pipes (and sometimes cause them to burst), so be sure any pipes that run along an outside wall are insulated.
  • Turn off lines to outside water spigots. This simple act may not only prevent a burst pipe; it can prevent a pool of ice from forming where someone might slip. It’s also a damage  prevention measure in that whatever freezes will melt when temperatures rise—and is likely to drip into your basement, garage or first floor.

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We have used Schaible’s Plumbing & Heating many times in our home. They’re always very professional and we trust them. We were impressed when we changed plans and they stuck the original price established for the job. Schaible’s went above and beyond by doing the little extras to make the job truly complete.

Dave and Karen Briegs

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