Veterans Day is a federal holiday which is celebrated this Friday, November 11.  It honors all veterans who’ve served in the United States military. All non-essential federal government offices are closed. Most banks will be closed; courts and schools will be closed; and most probably garbage collection will not take place.

Now that summer is over, it is time to think about closing some of your home’s water usage facilities. Sprinkler/irrigation systems, outdoor showers, and water hoses need to be shut down for the winter. A burst pipe from frozen water lines can be very expensive to fix. Swimming pools which are above ground or inground should be winterized. Some people are handy and do these chores themselves. However, many people hire plumbers, sprinkler companies, and pool experts to “batten down the hatches.”  If you are in this hiring “mode,” then it’s a good idea not to wait until the last minute. Tradesmen can get busy and may not be available when you need them most.

I use the following tradesmen: Adam Magniccari at Solo Plumbing (917-589-3363); my pool guy is Andy at American Pools (917-774-3929).  For new roofs, leaks, siding, and windows call Eric Jahrnes (646-996-4609). For Sprinklers call Ken Miller at Country Green Irrigation (516-382-1871). Call me. Love, Robin.

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