Pittsburgh’s Gillece Services Promoting Home Winterization in Preparation of Cold and Stormy 2012 Winter Season

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Gillece Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, and Electrical Services is advising that homeowners prepare their homes for the wintery, blustery season as predicted by the Farmers' Almanac.

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As Pittsburgh/Allegheny County and its five surrounding counties – Armstrong County, Beaver County, Butler County, Washington County, and Westmoreland County – gear up for winter, Gillece Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, and Electrical Services is advising that homeowners prepare their homes for the wintery, blustery season. According the Farmers’ Almanac online, the 2012 winter season is predicted to be unusually cold and stormy including a frigid climate, and lots of rain and snow. And worst of all, last year’s (2011) Farmers’ Almanac predictions did indeed come to fruition.

Tom Gillece, Owner and President of Gillece Services is busy preparing his experienced staff of Plumbers, Heating Technicians, and Electricians to advise homeowners and clients of the importance of winterizing their homes. Says Tom, “The more the customer can do ahead of time, preparedly, the more they will save in the long run – both in time and money – and, they will have peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are cozy, safe and warm – with all the comforts of home.”

Gillece Services has been serving the Pittsburgh area and the surrounding five counties for over 30 winter seasons to date and has no sign of slowing down, as the company is currently in the recruiting process for Plumbers, Heating Technicians, and Electricians, as well as apprentices across all industry trades. Home winterization expertise with Gillece Services emphasizes three key areas – Furnace Inspection, Carbon Monoxide Detection and Plumbing Freezes Prevention.    

Gillece Services offers a Safe Furnace Inspection to ensure that home Furnaces are up to manufacturer’s qualifications. No matter who made the Furnace, Gillece Heating Technicians are capable of making sure it is safe and ready for on-going use. And, if not safe, Gillece Services will recommend the appropriate Furnace Repair. It’s important that an HVAC professional Technician inspects the home Furnace and cleans airflow ducts. Furnace filters should be stocked-up and changed every three months at a minimum – once a month would be ideal. All flammable materials should be cleared away from the vicinity of the Furnace. And, if the home thermostat is programmable – program it for winter temperature settings.

Check that smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors/alarms are in working order and install fresh batteries. A Gillece Services professional Heating Technician can perform a Carbon Monoxide Detection Analysis and Alarm Installation. Carbon Monoxide testing is a vital process that should be performed on every fuel burning appliance in the home, yet very few Technicians have the knowledge to do these tests and do them properly. Common sources of Carbon Monoxide in homes include fuel-burning devices such as Furnaces, gas/kerosene space heaters, boilers, gas cooking stoves, water heaters, clothes dryers, fireplaces, charcoal grills, wood stoves, power generators, motor vehicles, etc. Additionally, always be sure to have a user-ready fire extinguisher on hand.

Finally, Gillece Services can help prevent potential Plumbing freezes in the home with some precautionary tips and general advice. If planning to leave home in the winter for an extended period of time, be sure to set heat on at least 55 degrees, thus keeping the home and water in pipelines from freezing and below freezing temperatures, wreaking havoc on a Plumbing system. And, it’s a very good idea to keep all exposed Plumbing pipelines insulated. Find out where to shut off the water in the home in the event of an emergency – good idea all year round. Finally, drain all garden hoses and air conditioner pipes, the latter being done by a Gillece Services professional Technician.

For over 30 years, Gillece Services has been Pittsburgh area’s one-stop shop for Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electrical, Indoor Air Quality, and Water Conditioning services – emergency, maintenance and replacement. Family owned and operated, President Tom Gillece innovated the Gillece “There The Same Day or You Don’t Pay!”* service policy, and “Always Here to Take Your Call!” customer philosophy.


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