Launching 12 Months of Homeowner Giveaways!
Starting this month, as part of our Best My Nest Homeownership Program, CIR REALTY will be giving away 12 months of prizes from 12 of our Best My Nest Partners, all focused on making your home a better, and more beautiful place to live in.
There will be a new draw every month, but you will have to return to the contest website every month in order to enter to win the new prize. This means you have a chance to win more than once (as long as you go back and re-enter when the new prize is announced).
You can enter the contest by visiting www.cirrealty.ca/contest starting January 1st, 2018. The winner of each month’s prize will be contacted the first week of the next month. You must be an Alberta resident and live within the service area of the company providing the prize (Calgary and surrounding areas). The first prize offered in January is $500 in free interior home painting.
Don’t forget to mention the name of your favourite CIR REALTOR® when you enter–Good Luck!
Did Your Pipes Freeze?
Here is What You Need to Do
If you come home to find the pipes in your home have frozen despite your best preventive measures, what is your first step? Don’t panic. Just because they’re frozen doesn’t mean they’ve already burst. Here’s what you can do:
If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and call a plumber.
Do not use electrical appliances in areas of standing water. You could be electrocuted.
Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame because it could cause a fire hazard. Water damage is preferable to burning down your house!
You may be able to thaw a frozen pipe using a hair dryer. Start by warming the pipe as close to the faucet as possible, working toward the coldest section of pipe.
If your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve in the house; leave the water faucets turned on. Make sure everyone in your family knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it.
And don’t forget–if you are travelling in the winter months, don’t set the thermostat in your house lower than 55°F (12°C) to be safe!