Many of our customers escape the winter cold by heading south until spring. Others are seasonal residents who head home with plans to return next summer. For whatever the reason, many homes in the South Coast region are left empty during the winter months. But they still need to be heated to prevent water pipes from freezing and bursting.
Roby’s is happy to set up an automatic delivery program to help make sure there is enough propane or home heating oil in the tank. But the property owner has ultimate responsibility for the safety of the home or building. This includes making sure the fuel tanks are kept full, and that power remains on all season.
If a power outage occurs, most heating systems will automatically shut down. They need to be reset once electrical service returns or else they will not restart on their own. Too many times we have tried to make a fuel delivery only to find the home dark and cold because the heating system was not reset.
If you are out of the area for the winter, make sure you have a reliable individual or local property management
company to check your property on a regular basis. They should also be prepared to respond after a power loss or heavy storm to reset your heating system. There is also a wide variety of low-temperature warning devices that will alert you or your security people when the the temperature in the home drops below a specified level in your unattended home. Taking these precautions will help you avoid returning to a home that has been ruined by flooding from burst pipes.