Install an Alarm to Warn Against Freezing Pipes
LESLIE: Now we’ve got Richard in New Jersey. What’s happening at your money pit?
RICHARD: Well, when I go away in the winter I’d like something to notify me when my gas burner goes out and the pipes start to freeze. I’ve had that trouble a couple of times.
TOM: Well, there’s a solution for that. It’s called a freeze alarm, Richard, and there are a number of different models out there. Do you happen to have a centrally wired alarm system in your house?
RICHARD: No, but they want – that’s the only way that I’ve been able to settle this is they wanted 250 and then it’s a monthly fee. I just wanted some unit by itself.
TOM: Well, there is a unit by itself and again, it’s called a freeze alarm. There are many different models. There’s a website called ProtectedHome.com that has eight or ten different models of this and basically they can be hooked up to a phone line so that they call you when the temperature in the house drops to whatever you set it at. If it gets close to freezing and it seems like the power has gone off or the gas has gone off and the temperature drops, this alarm will phone you and tell you that, essentially.
RICHARD: Very good. Thank you very much.
TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.