Winterize Before the Bitter Cold Arrives

first_imgYou CAN prevent common winter plumbing problems and the costly damage that goes with them. Wicked winter weather brings its share of challenges. Expensive water damage from frozen pipes shouldn’t be one of them. Today, we’re sharing some preventative measures you can take now, before freezing temperatures set in, to reduce or eliminate the risk of cold-weather threats to your home.Insulate the exposed pipes in your homeBurst pipes can be incredibly destructive. Luckily, they are also largely preventable. Check to see if you have exposed piping in the uninsulated spaces of your home, such as the crawlspace, attic and outside walls. Most hardware or plumbing supply stores should have the insulation and tools you need. Wrap the pipes in insulation tubes made of polyethylene or fiberglass. The materials are inexpensive, and the task does not require any special skills.Insulate the crawl space beneath your homeWhen the thermometer starts plummeting, it pays to check the conditions of your crawl space. Because a crawl space is partially exposed to the environment through air vents, even a brief cold snap can freeze the water in your pipes beneath the home. Crawl spaces with pipes should either have the concrete walls around the perimeter coated with insulation, or the pipes themselves should be insulated or wrapped with heat tape. Properly insulating your crawl space will prevent cold floors, high heating costs, and frozen pipes.Protect water heaters in winter monthsMost homeowners do not even think about the water heater until there’s a problem. Cold temperatures can cause the metal to expand and contract, and if you have an older water heater kept in a cold or unheated location, leaks and cracks could be the result, so be sure to inspect your tank regularly. Insulating the tank and the pipes leading away from the water heater helps to reduce heat loss. Newer water heater tanks often already have this insulation built in, but if you have an older tank, you can purchase a tank cover that provides an extra layer of insulation to keep hot water hotter.Fix home plumbing leaks howThe best time to get leaks repaired is before the temperature drops to freezing. Check the faucets and plumbing in your home’s bathrooms, kitchen, laundry and utility room for drips or puddles. If you have a leaky faucet or pipe, contact your trusted team at Broadley’s immediately to get it back in tip-top shape.Pack away your garden hoseAs part of your regular seasonal maintenance, garden hoses should be disconnected, drained, and stored away before the first hard freeze. Leaving a hose connected outside in winter can cause water left inside to freeze and expand, damaging your faucets and connecting pipes as well. If you have interior shut off valves leading to outdoor faucets, close them and drain the water from outside lines. Any water that remains in the lines and freezes could cause major damage.For more ways to protect your home’s plumbing and other systems this winter, talk to Broadley’s for expert advice and a broad range of energy solutions.last_img read more

Taking first senate step, banking committee to hold marijuana banking hearing

first_imgAlthough Senate Banking Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Id.) has expressed concern about marijuana banking legislation, he has agreed to hold a hearing on the issue on July 23.Rachel Pross, chief risk officer at MAPS Credit Union in Salem. Ore. will testify on behalf of CUNA. Pross’s credit union has provided financial services to cannabis businesses in Oregon.In addition, Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) will testify at the hearing. The two senators are cosponsors of legislation that would provide a safe harbor for banks and credit unions that do business with marijuana-related businesses in states where marijuana is legal.The House Financial Services Committee has approved a companion bill sponsored by Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) and Denny Heck (D-Wash.). However, the full House has not considered the legislation. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Port container traffic at Tanjung Priok to improve after 5.13 percent decline: IPC

first_imgContainer traffic at Indonesia’s biggest and busiest seaport, Tanjung Priok in North Jakarta, declined 5.13 percent year-on-year from January to February, but the port operator expects improvements with factories in China reopening.State-owned port operator Indonesia Port Corporation (IPC), also known as Pelindo II, saw 992,212 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of container traffic from January to February this year, compared with 1.05 million TEUs in the same period last year. Port container traffic is the flow of containers loaded and unloaded from land to sea transportation and vice versa. “The decline reflects a direct impact from the coronavirus outbreak, which originated in Wuhan, China. However, this is understandable because, when this virus started to spread in December 2019, there was a drop in productivity there as well,” said IPC transformation director Ogi Rulino. “[…] China contributes the most to container traffic at Tanjung Priok Port.” Ogi said traffic would return to normal soon in the future, especially as industrial activities in China had started to recover. IPC has yet to change its annual targets for container traffic and revenue at 8.1 million TEUs and Rp 13.5 trillion respectively. Its net profit target this year is Rp 3.1 trillion.Read also: Indonesia records $2.3b trade surplus in February despite coronavirus pandemicIPC would monitor container traffic in the next two to three months to determine whether it needed to review its business targets, Ogi added.With the help of 17 subsidiaries, the port corporation operates a total of 12 ports in the western part of the Indonesia. Besides Tanjung Priok, IPC also operates Teluk Bayur Port in West Sumatra, Palembang Port in South Sumatra, Tanjung Pandan Port in Belitung and Pontianak Port in West Kalimantan.Topics :last_img read more