The harshest of winter weather is ahead of us and we all look forward to hiding in our warm homes to wait out the weather. This fantasy can soon turn into a nightmare if the heat is suddenly cut. 

Calvin Mepham from CM Plumbing and Heating has some tips to help keep you warm this winter.

"The number one thing to look out for in your water heater is that it has the proper grade, it is not rotten or has any rust, it is firmly attached with screws and that when it turns on when it colder, you can see the steam coming out of the chimney. The other thing to look out for is to make sure there is a proper chimney cap on the top outside, which will keep snow from entering the chimney and potentially plugging it up or causing issues."

He also goes on to say that if you have a power-ventilated water heater, the process of keeping it clean will be different.

"If you have what is called a power vented water heater, then you absolutely want to check that exhaust goes out on the side of your house. It is the same for your furnace too. You want to make sure that snow is not built up inside it or around it and if it is, have it cleaned out. Throw all that ice off and clear it all away, up just don't want to have that ice plug up. If it does, you will have a no heat situation because the safety inside the furnace or water heater will kick off," continued Mepham.

Mepham goes on to say that if all else fails, calling for professional help is never a bad idea.

"If you still have no heat, then I would recommend getting ahold of a certified gas fitter to have a look at it and see if there is something else frozen. Also, make sure that you are changing your furnace filters regularly," concluded Mepham.

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