Welcome to the
Kansas City Chapter
International Facility Management Association
…from the desk of
Michele Gregg, President
President’s Podium - December 2014
Merry Christmas Happy Hanukah Happy Kwanzaa
Good Tidings Happy Holidays
For whichever holiday you celebrate, or for those of you who just enter the winter season, may your days be cheerful and full of family, friends and good food! Take the time to think of those less fortunate and if you have an opportunity, donate your time or talent (or bring an unwrapped toy to the Holiday Party on December 9 for Toys4Tots). As a reminder, the holiday party is a week away – be sure to register in advance!!
I want to take a moment to remind you that KCIFMA exists to provide programs and education to our members. We have great committees who work diligently to provide monthly programs and ad hoc events that will appeal to your interests, but are ALWAYS interested in your ideas. Please email email@example.com with any thoughts and suggestions you may have. Tours, educational opportunities, expert panels…anything you would like to see happen or learn more about is fair game.
It’s also getting to the time of year to think about scholarships. Are you or one of your children attending college to get a degree related to FM? Apply for a KCIFMA scholarship and get help with the costs. Are you trying to attain your SFP, FMP, or CFM? Apply for a KCIFMA scholarship and remove some of the burden. We raise money every year at our annual golf tournament for this specific purpose. Don’t be shy – apply!
Tip of the month courtesy of the American Red Cross:
Preventing Frozen Pipes
Before the onset of cold weather, prevent freezing of these water supply lines and pipes by following these recommendations:
- Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer's or installer's directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
- Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
- Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
- Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a "pipe sleeve" or installing UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.
During Cold Weather, Take Preventative Action
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
- When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
- If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
To Thaw Frozen Pipes
- If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
- Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
- Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
- Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
- Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.
- Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.
- Pipes can be relocated by a professional if the home is remodeled.
- Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
- For more information, please contact a licensed plumber or building professional.
I look forward to seeing you on December 9!!
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