Securing Windows

Window shopping is a favorite past time for burglars. Inadequately protected windows are easy marks for intruders who have an arsenal of tricks or the quickest, easiest ways to force them. But safeguarding your home’s windows is neither difficult nor expensive.

Start by taking a quick survey of your windows – including those in the basement and the garage and any second-story windows that would be easy to reach from the ground. List each one on a sheet of paper, noting its type (such as double-hung or casement) and the kind of lock it now has.

If you’ve identified a few windows that you think are especially vulnerable, you may feel that even sturdy locks aren’t sufficient protection. In this case, consider replacing the standard glazing with impact-resistant acrylic or polycarbonate or with high-security glass. Or, where appearance isn’t of prime importance, install metal grille outside the window or a scissors-type security gate on the inside.

The ordinary sash latches on double-hung windows may help squeeze out drafts, but they offer little protection against break-ins. An intruder can simply insert a knife up between the sash and flip the latch open, or if he’s in a real hurry, force the lower sash and snap the latch of with very little effort.

  1. One of the easiest and least expensive ways to secure a double hung window is with key-operated lag screws, available in kits at most hardware stores. Pre-drill the sash, and insert the screws through their recessed washers. Tighten the screws with the special key provided. Drilling additional holes in the upper sash will let you keep the window locked in a partially open position for ventilation.
  2. Easier still is wedging the lower sash in its fully closed position with a length of scrap wood. Cut the strip to the exact size, fit it into the channel that operates the lower sash, and tack it in place. This solution is best served for windows you don’t open often; it’s not as tidy-looking as lag-screw locks, and it won’t let you secure the window in a partially open position.
  3. If you’d rather not drill extra holes in your sash but want the protection of a keyed window lock, replace the original sash latch with a key-operated lever. be sure to keep the key near enough for a quick emergency but out of reach of a prowler’s exploring hand.
  4. A keyed bolt-action lock has the added advantage of letting you lock the window in various open positions – just install additional brackets on the upper sash.

Casement windows are one of the most secure types you can own. A casement that’s strong and in good condition may not need a lock at all. If the window is large enough to admit an adult (and it opens to more than about 6-1/2 inches), simply consider removing the operator crank and keep it well out of window reach.

Install a chain lock (the same type used on doors) to limit the distance the window will open. For maximum security, fasten it to the sash and frame with the longest screws that the window will accommodate.

Like sliding glass doors, most sliding windows are all too easy to lift out of their tracks or jimmy open with a pry bar.

  1. to keep window sash securely in their tracks, drive sheet-metal screws partway into the upper tracks. Adjust the screws so the window barely clears them as it slides, with no wiggle room for maneuvering the sash up over the lower tracks.
  2. A simple metal clip will prevent a burglar from prying open the sash by snapping the brittle metal catch that holds the window closed. Bend the clip to fit your window channel, and install it in the lower track wedged against the closed inner sash.
  3. Key-operated locks are perhaps the most secure way to protect sliding windows, and they’ll work with vertical sliding windows, too. 

Basement windows (and, in older homes, unusual coal chutes) are potential points of entry that many home owners don’t think about until it’s too late.

  1. If your basement windows don’t have locks, drive long screws into the stop on each side at a height that will let you open the window only a few inches.
  2. A keyed sliding-bolt lock (or a sturdy hasp fitted with a keyed padlock) offers still more security and the opportunity to make a quick exit in an emergency. Keep the key nearby but beyond reach of someone outside the window.
  3. If you’re concerned about an intruder breaking glass to gain access, but you’d still like use of the window as an emergency exit, install a scissors-type gate with a keyed padlock. Again, keep the key handy and easy for family members to find.

For more tips and tricks about home window security, visit our source: Better Homes & Gardens


Tips for Choosing Efficient Windows

Chances are that the main reason you are replacing your old windows is to upgrade to more energy efficient models. Window companies have improved their offerings so they now help save you money on your energy bills all year long. But it’s easy to become overwhelmed trying to figure out which window are right for your home. Shopping locally is a good idea. Windows vary by region, so you’ll get the best advice from retailers that have experience in your climate. Remember, as with anything, you get what you pay for. Go cheap and you’ll end up replacing your windows sooner than expected. To help choose energy-saving windows, here are some tips.


New window frames made of wood are the most popular and very energy efficient. They are easy to maintain and can be painted to your desired color. They are however, susceptible to rot and insect damage, but better window makers offer them clad in vinyl or aluminum. They tend to cost more, but they offer the best look for both inside and outside your home.


With their good moisture resistance, vinyl windows are a good choice. they are equally energy efficient to wood windows if they are insulated. they are also low-maintenance but do fade over time, especially in darker colors, which can also become brittle as they age. you can restore the finish with a soft scrub cleanser should the frames become dull. They’re slightly lower priced than wood windows.


These windows are strong but not very energy efficient because they conduct heat. condensation can form, creating moisture issues, including frost in the winter. most often, these are the cheapest windows you can buy.


Window frames made of fiberglass are offered by some of the major manufacturers as alternative to wood or vinyl. they are high maintenance, as they need painting. they are also more expensive than insulated vinyl windows.


Composite windows look like wood and most makers refinish them in a host of colors. They preform well, but you may not like the look of a full composite window on the inside of your home. To solve this issue, some makers use composite materials on the outside of the window and wood material on the inside. cost is about the same as vinyl windows.

Tips for Choosing Energy Efficient Windows

  • Look for Low-E coatings on the glass. These coatings reflect heat inside your house and reflect UV rays from the sun outside your home.
  • Casement and awning windows are the most energy efficient because they clamp more tightly against the weather stripping in the frame than double-hung windows.
  • look for windows with multiple panes of glass separated by low-conductive argon or krypton gas filling and warm edge spacers with tightly constructed frames.
  • the best weather tipping on any kind of operative window is a compressible gasket type much like your would find on your car doors. The weather stripping combined with a quality latch will effectively keep out cold air and rain, plus keep warm air in in winter.
  • Look for windows with Low U-values or U-factors. These windows have the best insulating properties.

Source: HGTV


Neolith Tiny House

From millennials to empty nesters, there is a social movement for people to downsize homes for a simpler, lower maintenance lifestyle. However, downsizing doesn’t have to mean giving up luxuries and amenities of full-size homes.

Learn more about the Neolith Tiny House, their building process and upcoming presentations here.


Marvin Invites Architects to Enter its 2017 Architects Challenge Design Competition

Marvin Windows and Doors invites architects to enter its 2017 Architects Challenge, a competition awarding prizes to residential and commercial design projects that exhibit creativity and ingenuity using Marvin windows and doors. Entries should be submitted to by March 10, 2017.

Now in its ninth year, the 2017 Marvin Architects Challenge will recognize one outstanding design in each of five categories – Contemporary, Transitional, Traditional New Construction, Remodel/Addition and Commerical. An overal Best in Show prize will also be awarded. The entries will be evaluated by an independent panel of esteemed architects, including Robert Gurney, FAIA, Manny Gonzalaez, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP, CAASH and Ted Flato, FAIA.

The Architects Challenge is an opportunity for Marvin to recognize architects who take creative advantage of the design flexibility we build into our products,” said Dondi Kazukewicz, senior manager of brand communications at Marvin Windows and Doors. “But it is also an opportunity for us to honor their vision and expertise. With each year’s submissions, we are inspired to refine our products and services to help meet the challenges they face.

Winning entries will be annouced during an ARCHITECT Live event at the 2017 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Concention, April 27-29 in Orlando. Marvin will provide conerence travel, lodging and registration for the winners.

For more information and to submit a project, visit


10 Rules for Arranging Furniture

Arranging furniture can be a daunting task. When you’re faced with an empty room knowing how to fill it can seem overwhelming. But all you need to do is follow these common sense rules and you’ll find that arranging furniture isn’t so scary after all.

Choose a Focal Point

Never underestimate the power of a focal point. Sometimes they appear naturally as windows or built-in mantels, while other times you create them yourself, as with media units and televisions. Whatever your focal point is, make a decision and stick with it.

Don’t Push Furniture Against the Walls

The size of the room will dictate how far you can pull your furniture away from the walls, but even in a small space you’ll want to give pieces a little breathing room by allowing a few inches between the backs of furniture pieces and the walls.

Create Conversation Areas

People should naturally be able to talk to each other without having to crane their necks or shout across the room. You want sofas and chairs to face each other, and they should be close enough that you can have a natural conversation with the person seated across from you without having to raise your voice. If the room is too large, create multiple conversation areas.

Find Balance When Arranging Furniture

Balance is always important in decorating, and when it comes to arranging furniture and determining where to put items in your living room you’ll want to consider both size and placement of the various pieces. Don’t group all the large or small pieces in one area, or to one side of the room.

Consider Traffic Flow

One of the most important things to consider when arranging furniture in any room is traffic flow. People should not be tripping over furniture, or each other, to pass through the room. Make sure there are a couple feet between the coffee table and sofa, and between chairs.

Use the Right Size Rug

Area rugs belong under the furniture – all the furniture if you can manage it. Exposing some flooring around the edges of the room is fine, but when using an area rug you want to make sure it’s big enough that all the furniture in a seating arrangement can sit on it.

Get a Big Coffee Table

When it comes to coffee tables, more often than not, bigger is better. A large coffee table in the middle of a seating area is great for both aesthetics and function. It acts like an anchor for the room and it leaves plenty of space for people to put down drinks or to display favored accessories.

Put Tables at Arm’s Length

Every seat should have easy access to either a side table or coffee table. People shouldn’t have to get up out of their seats to put their drink down. When it comes to table height, side tables should be approximately the same height as the chair arms they’re next to.

Let There Be Light 

Lighting is one of the most important elements of any room and it’s often not properly thought out. Always use a mix of overhead lighting, floor lamps and table lamps. A floor lamp looks great at the end of a sofa or behind an accent chair. Table lamps look lovely on side tables, shelves, and even mantels.

Use the Right Size Artwork

Things that are hung on the wall, whether it’s art, mirrors, or sculptural objects, need to be placed in relation to the furniture. Don’t hang a tiny photo over the back of your sofa. Use either a large piece that is approximately two thirds the length of the sofa, or use a grouping of pieces.



Easy Ways to Add Character

Update Lighting

Add comfort, convenience, and character with the right lighting. Update the chandelier over the dining room table. Add simple plug-in puck lights under kitchen cabinets and inside closets. Cozy up a dark corner with an accent light. Install mini accent lights above wall art or framed family photos.

Focus on the Foyer

Make the foyer useful by clearing out clutter that accumulates around the front door. Include a storage unit to keep mail, car keys, and other essentials in order. If space permits, include a small bistro table and chairs for a cute conversation space.

Frame the Views

Dress up your windows with colorful treatments. Hang the draperies higher than the windows to make the room seem taller.

Put Unused Space to Work

Give an awkward area a purpose and appeal. Transform a basic bay or boxy window into a reading nook. Or furnish an empty corner of the living room with a game table and storage cabinet.

Be Savvy About Storage

If you have a home that lacks closet space, place pegs and shelves in convenient nooks to provide places to hang, store, and display everyday necessities.

Make Way for Display

Use open shelving throughout the house to store and display collectibles. In addition to adding storage, the airy shelves can also make a small room feel larger.

Accent with Architectural Details

Bring your basic builder’s kitchen to life. Frame windows with wide molding, install cornices on top of cabinets, or add bun feet or carved legs to cabinets for furniture-style accents.

Get a Custom Look for Less

Embellish or paint plain, purchased brackets and attach them to shelves in any room for a custom look that won’t drain your wallet.

Try Wood Underfoot

A natural wood or bamboo floor will last longer than synthetic materials and will transform the character of your interior. Plus, it won’t trap allergens. Use machine-washable area rugs to warm the space and protect heavy-traffic areas.

Add Old-Fashioned Appeal

Visit a flea market for vintage signs, furniture, and collectibles that will fill your home with friendly charm.

Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Can’t afford to purchase brand-new kitchen cabinets? Fake it by using bright paint to take your cabinets from dull to darling.

Update Doorknobs

Reinvent your entry or interior doors with antiqued brass, crystal, porcelain, or colored-glass doorknobs.

Install Beaded Board

Add dimension and charm to bathroom walls with beaded board. Save money by tackling the project yourself in a weekend and using panels. Panels are virtually identical to authentic beaded board, and they are sold in lightweight 4×8-foot sheets for about $20 each.

Add Decorative Shutters

Make your home look good inside and out with decorative indoor shutters. Traditional wood shutters and plantation shutters add rustic appeal. Some even help insulate your cozy spaces.

Claim a Plain Wall

Transform a blank wall into a storage-and-display showcase by adding stacks of open shelves or cutting out drywall to create a recessed niche.

Enhance the Exterior

The simple and affordable addition of shutters, window boxes, and planters near the front door makes a friendlier facade and provides cheerful color. Hang the window box at a height where you can care for the plants. Fill it with your favorite blooms, or add candles for a quaint touch.

Dress Up Your Deck

Make a boxy builder deck look like a custom addition with decorative metal or glass balusters and post caps that double as planters or light fixtures. Add delightful details with colorful plants, pillows, furniture, outdoor rugs, and accessories.

For more idea’s and great tutorials, visit our source, Better Homes & Gardens


8 Early Winter Fast Fixes

Keep Compost Going

Don’t forget to fuel your pile with carbon-rich browns, such as shredded newspaper, as well as nitrogen-rich greens, such as kitchen scraps.

Turn on the Air Conditioner

Just for a few minutes! Running the system every other month keeps internal parts lubricated.

Adjust Tv Settings

New flat-screen? Switch off the energy-draining, ultra-bright “demo” mode, meant to attract attention in stores.

Pack Up Holiday Decor

To avoid tangles, wind string lights around an empty wrapping-paper tube; to save floor space, stow rolls of gift wrap in a garment bag.

Help Out Evergreens

After heavy snowfall, use a broom to lightly brush snow off any slight branches to relieve them of the extra weight.

Examine Fire Extinguishers

House fires peak in the winter, so store a working extinguisher on each floor with a minimum rating of 2-A:10-B:C, which can cover 10 square feet.

Look for Air Leaks

Air leaks in your home can affect energy bills in the water (not to mention your comfort). They can be hard to spot, so try this trick: Turn off the fans and furnace, and make sure windows are tightly closed. Then carry lit incense with your as you slowly walk by the windows and exterior doors. If the smoke starts changing direction, you’ve probably got a leak.

Strengthen Mailboxes

When snowplow push by, post-mounted mailboxes can take an undeserved beating. Give your mailbox a checkup for wobbly or out-of-plumb parts and make necessary repairs before they get buried in snow. Also make sure any attached house numbers are secure and easy to read, then add reflective tape for extra visibility.

For more Ideas in winter upkeep, visit This Old House.


Marvin to Showcase New Bi-Fold Door at IBS

The new Marvin Clad Ultimate Bi-Fold Door features one of the industry’s widest glass panels at 3 feet, 6 inches in a frame up to 10 feet high, letting the outdoors in with less to block the view. The door will be previewed among an extensive display of innovations and enhancements from Marvin Windows and Doors and Integrity Windows and Doors during the International Builders’ Show (booth W2529) in Orlando, Jan. 10-12.


The demand in the market continues to be for windows and doors that allow even more natural light, unobstructed views and connection to the outdoors,” says Christine Marvin, director of corporate strategy for Marvin Windows and Doors.

The new Ultimate Bi-Fold Door, part of the company’s Scenic Door Collection, offers the beauty and durability of Marvin’s signature wood-clad products. In addition to wide expanses of glass, it uses two hinges instead of three for a clean, streamlined look suitable for both contemporary and traditional designs. The door will be available for ordering in spring 2017.


Customers today are looking for bigger doors, cleaner lines and more glass, without compromising performance. We’re eager to introduce a new Bi-Fold Door that delivers on all of these expectations,” says Kris Hanson, senior manager, group product management. “And for builders and architects, we’re pleased to provide a door that offers 45 different configurations and can span up to 55.5 feet wide for unparalleled flexibility and impressive aesthetics.”


Other innovations and enhancements on display and special events at IBS 2017 from the Marvin Family of Brands will include:


Marvin Contemporary Studio Collection: Matte Black hardware, larger glass sizes 

In response to the contemporary design aesthetic many designers and homeowners prefer, Marvin will display enhancements and additions to its Contemporary Studio Collection. Notable among the enhancements is the new Matte Black hardware, a reflection-free finish that allows the lines and form of each piece – every pull, crank, lock and hinge – to stand out.


Integrity Windows and Doors: Enhanced Inswing French Patio Door and more 

Visitors to the booth will also see an enhanced Integrity Wood-Ultrex Inswing French Door, which is made of patented pultruded fiberglass able to endure all elements without showing age or wear.

Combining a virtually indestructible fiberglass exterior with an authentic wood interior, the portfolio includes Integrity Wood-Ultrex awning, casement, double hung, polygon and round top windows, sliding French Doors and Outswing French Doors.


Meet-and-Greet with Tommy Silva of This Old House

Marvin continues to be a proud sponsor of This Old House, and is pleased to host Tommy Silva, General Contractor and longtime star of the show for a meet-and-greet, autograph signing and Q+A session hosted by Christine Marvin. The event will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 11 from 2-3 p.m. in the Marvin booth, W2529.

For more information on the Marvin Family of Brands and the innovations on display at this year’s show, visit



5 Home Renovations You’ll Want to Copy

How the heck do they do it?

How do your favorite fellow contractors attract so much attention and gain so many customers?

Well, take a look at the remarkable changes that these contractors did with VELUX skylights and see how easy it is for you to achieve the same.

Several contractors seek us out for renovation help because natural light and fresh air make the biggest difference to a space – and it’s one that comes with a 30% Federal Tax Credit. Can you think of another project that does that?

So if you’re ready to discover five renovations that you’ll want to copy.. Here they are!

1. Kitchen: Colonial-Style Home

It was smaller than what we needed,” Webster said. “There wasn’t enough light; there wasn’t enough space,”

They connected with Architect Dawn Zuber of Studio Z Architects to help them expand the kitchen and living room and make both spaces brighter. The old kitchen was not only small, but also dark, making it hard for Webster, a food columnist, to photograph her culinary creations.

Zuber reconfigured the floorplan, expanding it from the back of the house to add a living room connected in an open space plan to a larger kitchen. This configuration not only improved the flow from the front door to living room, it created a common area where the family could spend time together.

Light is a really important design element and in homes it’s really important to have natural light and be able to give real life to space,” Zuber said. “The quality of light from above tends to be a little more diffuse and reflects off the ceiling a little more, where window light can be a little more directional depending on where the sun is.

With skylights in the kitchen Webster has both a nice space to work and spend time with her family.

As long as there’s any light, I have an easy way to light the photography,” Webster said of the new kitchen. “We are thrilled with the amount of light we deal with every day.”

Watch here.

2. Living Room: Empty Nesters

When Sara and Frank began to think about their retirement, they were sure of one thing: they wanted to downsize to a home located in a walkable community.

They knew they had found their ideal location in a piece of property on Hope Street in Greenville, S.C., close to the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail. The trail stretches 20 miles from the city’s downtown to outlying areas and the town of Traveler’s Rest, S.C., and sidewalks make it easy for the couple to stroll down for an impromptu dinner out.

But, the location has some challenges.

The lot was incredibly small,” said Todd Usher, president of Addison Homes, a high-performance home builder based in Greer, S.C. “(It) had only a 12-foot backyard, so our ability to get a light into the back of the house, which happened to be the living space, was very challenging. They wanted privacy from the neighbor behind them, yet they wanted natural light. So the VELUX skylights played a key role in bringing natural light into the home.

To solve the lighting and privacy challenges, designers with Addison Homes placed two skylights in the living room and one in the kitchen. Located high on the roof, the skylights flood the living room and kitchen with natural light throughout the day.

The skylights also play a key role in the home’s energy efficiency.

We’ve been quite pleased with our energy bills since we moved in,” Frank said. “It’s a fraction of what we paid in our old house.

See their home transformation here.

3. Hallway: Modern Farmhouse

Architect Dominique Lobjois of De Bilt Homes uses VELUX skylights to create air flow in the homes she designs.

Air movement and natural light are essential to creating from everyday life. In the modern farmhouse, she placed the skylight at the top of the stairwell.

When it’s open along with a window below, a soft breeze wafts through the house, making air conditioning unnecessary. Natural light from the skylight also creates a design feature in the stairwell: it brings out the texture of the sisal-covered steps and the wood grain of cedar plank wall.

Watch her take on why skylights and natural light are so important to a house.

4. North-facing Room: Brick Home

When this couple moved from Vermont to Charlotte, North Carolina, one of the biggest benefits was more sunshine. The only problem was that their living room – despite having a wall of French doors – suffered from a lack of natural light due to the fact that it is north facing.

To fix the problem, they had three VELUX No Leak Solar Powered “Fresh Air” Skylights installed. The skylights bring in a beautiful, diffused natural light throughout the day, making the space a magnet for a variety of activities.

I think I always fixated on the fact that it was dark, especially in the morning when I would get up and the sun would be shining and it would be a beautiful day and I would have to turn the lights on,” said Sybil Cioffi, one of the homeowners. “There was something that irked me about that.

In addition to brightening the room, the skylights open to bring in fresh air, and Cioffi often opens them to air her home.

See this dramatic transformation.

5. Kitchen Ranch Style

When Brendan and Nicole McGlinch decided to remodel an old ranch home, they knew one thing for sure: it needed plenty of natural light and fresh air.

Brendan, who works for his family’s home renovation business, McGlinch & Sons Home Improvements, built the home himself, minus the brick and cement work. He is also a VELUX 5-Star Skylight Specialist and had ideas for a unique skylight installation.

The kitchen is the center of an open plan that connects the dining, living and family rooms. He positioned the skylights in a straight line across the roof ridge, creating a long shaft of light inside.

It’s amazing to me to take a space that’s typically dark and once you put a skylight in and just to walk into the room and feel it open and airy and bright; it just makes the overall mood happier,” he said.

Now the kitchen is truly the heart of the home.

5 years of hard work finally paid off!

All Beautifully Created with One Product

Making, designing, and remodeling masterpieces doesn’t have to be difficult.

To learn more about the skylight and the 30% tax credit your customer receives, visit our skylight page here.

Source: VELUX


How to Prevent Pipes from Freezing and Thaw Frozen Pipes

Winter has arrived, and that means bundling up to try to keep warm. You might not realize it, but the pipes on your house need protection from the cold as well if the mercury drops down into the 20s F.

Here are some tips on how to prevent your pipes from freezing and some tips on how to thaw them out safely if they do.

How to Keep Pipes from Freezing

  • Insulate Pipes: Insulate hot and cold water pipes in the crawlspace under your house as well as in the basement, attic, and exterior walls with snap-on foam insulation. Make sure foam insulation fits tightly without gaps. Apply duct tape to joints in insulation, and miter foam around elbows, so joins in pipes are completely covered.
  • Heat Pipes: Consider wrapping problem pipes with UL approved heat tape that has a built-in thermostat to prevent overheating. Follow the instructions that come with the heat tape carefully to keep from causing a fire hazard.
  • Sprinkler System: Turn off your sprinkler system, and blow compressed air through the irrigation lines to drain the water.
  • Laundry Room: If there isn’t a faucet in the laundry room, set your washing machine on warm, and start the fill cycle periodically for a few minutes to run water through the pipes.
  • Icemaker: Set your icemaker to make ice if the icemaker water line runs under the house.
  • Cabinets: Open cabinet doors under sinks in the kitchen and bath if the cabinets are located on exterior walls, allow inside heat to pipes.
  • Garage: Keep garage door closed during extreme cold weather.
  • Foundation: For houses that have a crawlspace, make sure the foundation is completely enclosed, and fill in any gaps in foundation walls with caulking or expanding foam. Close or cover the foundation vents under house during extreme cold weather.
  • Basement: Close and weather strip exterior basement windows and doors.
  • Garden Hose: Disconnect and drain garden hoses.
  • Exterior Faucets: To protect exterior faucet around your foundation, either cover faucets with insulating foam covers, cut off water to exterior faucets and open faucets to drain pipes.
  • Check for Leaks: Once the weather has warmed up, turn off any dripping faucets as well as the icemaker, then monitor the water meter for any unseen leaks.

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

  • Water Cut-Off: Locate the water main cut-off valve, and have a water cut-off key handy before attempting to thaw out frozen pipes.
  • Open Faucet: Open the faucet the pipe runs to before thawing a frozen pipe to allow water to flow through the pipe and relieve any built-up pressure in the pipe.
  • Heat Frozen Pipe: Use a hair dryer, heat lamp, electric heat tape, or portable space heater to thaw frozen pipes that haven’t burst. Start from the interior faucet end of the pipe, and work your way toward colder end of the pipe.
  • Check for Leaks: After pipes haven’t thawed, turn off all water to faucets and the icemaker, and monitor the water meter for any unseen leaks.

Source: Today’s Homeowner

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