Ah, fall.

The season of crisp leaves, golden afternoons, and pumpkin-flavored everything. Smell that wood smoke in the air? Feel the chill? We’ve been waiting for this!

But before you head off for a long weekend at Grandma’s house, make sure your pipes at your apartment in New Jersey can stand up to the cold weather.

Your landlord or maintenance staff should check them yearly to make sure the insulation is intact. If this hasn’t been done, or if you have doubts, ask.

If you’re away through severely cold weather, run faucets at a slow trickle and keep the temperature at 55 degrees. Running faucets is especially important if your power might fail.

Burst pipes are messy and costly. These common-sense tips will keep your NJ apartment safe through the fall and winter months.

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