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Old 12-14-2016, 01:38 PM
 
Location: NYC
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I overheard a co-worker said her apt has no heat or running hot water. She doesn't know when it's going to be fixed and just started found out today. I remember these are the most common problems when it gets really cold. And becomes nearly impossible to fix when HVAC people are over booked the next few days.

Another common problem is rupture or frozen water main pipes. Simply keep water running in your facet can prevent your water lines from freezing.

The biggest problem will be home heating, where houses still uses oil heat and deliveries can't keep up with usage.
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Old 12-14-2016, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Eric Forman's basement
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I imagine my friend's pipes will freeze, as they did last year. She's in a 20-story apartment building. She doesn't feel comfortable leaving her water running if she's not home.
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Old 12-14-2016, 02:05 PM
 
Location: New York, NY
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My building has a brand new boiler and brand new copper pipes with runners through the whole building. I hope we are all set. It was hell going through the replacement of the pipes. LOL
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Old 12-14-2016, 02:13 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Had to get the igniter replaced in my hvac which is only like 2 years old. Took about a day to order and get fixed but had no heat this whole weekend so that was a bummer. But at least ill have heat for tomorrow's cold freeze.
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Old 12-14-2016, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Plandome, NY
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I overheard a co-worker said her apt has no heat or running hot water.
call 311
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Old 12-14-2016, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Staten Island, New York
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I imagine my friend's pipes will freeze, as they did last year. She's in a 20-story apartment building. She doesn't feel comfortable leaving her water running if she's not home.
That could be a really bad decision. She doesn't have to leave it running full force. Just a trickle/slow thin run to keep the lines from completely freezing. She needs to make sure the sinks and drains are empty and the drain is clear (tub too). It also helps to leave the bottom doors open so the room heat gets to the pipes a bit. If her pipes break - that's disaster.
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Old 12-14-2016, 05:14 PM
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Location: Western Massachusetts
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I imagine my friend's pipes will freeze, as they did last year. She's in a 20-story apartment building. She doesn't feel comfortable leaving her water running if she's not home.
The pipes run near the exterior of the building? Sounds like an odd design.
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Old 12-14-2016, 05:29 PM
 
Location: New York, NY
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Before we got our new pipes, one of our feeder pipes down in the basement froze because the super left a window open near the pipe on the coldest night of the year a few years ago. IDIOT!!!

Or sabotage?...
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Old 12-15-2016, 05:27 PM
 
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Fire sprinkler standpipes are likely to freeze unless the pipes are insulated in key areas. besides that , most tenants should know how to seal the windows for drafts, and get the A/C out of the window. The plastic wrap around the window frame is the best investment one can make in the winter, Also, keep a warm mist vaporizer on when you are home. Gotta keep the dry air under control.

Another thing is checking your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detectors.

get them warm blankets out. Not for nothing, those puffy comforters at target, and those velvety smooth , animal art blankets are very warm.

If the heat is not working, call 311 and with hold rent if warrented.
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Old 12-16-2016, 03:40 AM
 
Location: Downtown & Brooklyn!
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I live in an old, 3 unit walkup. Last year the pipes in my building froze, and it was a very mild winter. This is my second winter in this apartment and I hope my building will be able to handle it.
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