ALBANY, N.Y. -- Bitter cold weather is keeping some heating and plumbing companies busy this week.
The number of emergency calls this week has doubled, and companies NEWS10 spoke with say many of the problems can be prevented.
If you heat your home with oil -- make sure you're not running low, and keep the batteries in your thermostat fresh.
Also make sure you're keeping some heat on so pipes don't freeze or break -- and keep your boiler and furnace in check.
"The best thing is to have a tune-up once a year, have a safety inspection done, have your equipment checked and maintained, you know you have your safety aspects of it, your reliability aspects of it," said Jim VanEps a Family Danz service technician.
Professionals also warn homeowners to open cabinets and keep a small drip from faucets to keep water running and prevent freezing.
If the worst should happen,
and you end up with busted pipes - there are only a few things left to do.
"You find the main water shutoff, and if you turn that off quickly enough, you can minimize the damage to your home, and then call a plumber right away," said Alan Ayers General Manager of Crisafulli Bros.
With the companies quoting a 40 percent increase in service calls during weather like this, the preventative maintenance methods they talk about can go a long way in preventing you a lot of damage – both to your home and your wallet.