Winter To Do's


  If anyone is like me, they make lists for EVERYTHING! Grocery lists, packing lists for trips away, etc..

  Yeah, we have our daily to do lists, making beds, getting kids ready for school and making sure you have your wallet, keys and phone. Question though: How many have made or done their winter To Do List?

  Yearly chores can easily be forgotten due to everyday life and before you know it winter is here, and you have no heat and busted water pipes everywhere.

I figured, since we had a recent little cold snap, I’d help everyone out with a handy dandy To Do Winter List.

  1. Its very important that before you fire up the ole fireplace, clean that chimney and fireplace. (Only you can prevent a fire up there)
  2. Getting your furnace or boiler serviced will help with any heating issues you may already have and helps with the life of the system.
  3. Make sure you unhook ALL of your outdoor hoses from the spigots.
  4. Are you headed south with the birds? Consider getting your home winterized, so when you come back home you shouldn’t have issues.
  5. Outdoor yard work. Ie: Clear those gutters out of any debris. Spray for those unwanted pesky spiders, bugs and rodent control. If you don’t have newer windows, its recommended that you cover the windows with plastic to help hold the heat in.
  6. A fresh oil change, tune-up, snow tires on and new wiper blades on the family truckster can all be scheduled with 1 appointment to your mechanic. Save you some time. Put the ice scraper/snow brush and an emergency kit in your vehicle.
  7. Change all the batteries in your smoke and co2 detectors.
  8. Clean all the dryer vents to prevent fire. Also, every 5 years you should change your washing machine hoses to prevent freezing pipes and leaks.


Getting on balanced billing with your utility companies will help hold the cost to make these other To Do’s more affordable.

Most of these are a simple phone call to your Plumber or HVAC company and mechanic.


Happy Winter Friends!


Over the weekend I was at a friend’s house for band rehearsal when he had told us,” the toilet works, but not the sink.” Working for Alpine Plumbing & Heating, my curiosity was on the problem with his plumbing. We went into the bathroom and he explained that the waterlines behind the wall were cracked so he replaced them. The walls were still opened and as he grabs his flashlight, he told me a story that this is the house he was raised in and when his parents passed away, he bought it. With his flashlight in hand we knelt down to discover 100’s of old razor blades on the floor behind where the wall once was. I found this to be so fascinating I took some pics…

But my curiosity did not stop there! Why, in these older homes, are there so many strange things that we don’t use now-a-days? As I’m doing some research on these “razor blades in the wall,” I’ve come across some very interesting things. The old mirror/medicine cabinets had slots in the back to discard these ”Safety Razors”, which then dropped them in the wall. As I scratch my head thinking how is “safety razor” an appropriate name? Logically if you have a home built before the 50’s, chances are there are “safety razors” in your bathroom walls. This may have been a safety feature back in the day, but when you have to start digging in walls and you come across 100’s of old rusty blades, you think to yourself how am I going to discard of these “safely”? As my research continues, I watch a You Tube video that made me realize that some of the things they did back in the 40’s & 50’s were strange! For example, the creepy clown that was the face for Post Sugar Rice Krinkles in the 50’s, for years … check it out! It does not disappoint! As far as the blades in the wall, my only conclusion is it was for safety of the children and animals. I have to get back to work so that is all the “digging” I will be doing for today! Happy Post Labor Day!

Summer Blog

Summer is in full swing! Are you staying cool? We have been working like mad trying to keep everyone happy and cool and we are killing it! One of the most satisfying aspects of our job, here in the office, is getting to hear from our customers. All of us ladies love helping our customers out any way we can, which sometimes is just an ear to listen, and other times is to get a technician out to solve the problem. Our guys have been working on some big projects over the summer and am excited to get to share some pictures soon! From a brand new industrial building to bathroom remodels, we are getting to see it all. Starting in September we are going to be featuring a Facebook coupon! If you see it on Facebook you can grab it and get up to $50.00 off of your service. Check us out on Facebook and watch for the new coupons! We have also been working on our website, all of the changes you have seen recently have been implemented by TownSquare Media. They have been a huge help to us here at Alpine and the changes have been great! I would love to send them your way if you need website, advertising, etc. Give us a call if you want more info on them! So, that’s it from the Alpine Office for the middle of summer. We hope your summer is going as well as ours!

Spring is trying to come to Billings but having a rough start!

So, what do you do in the in between? Once the weather is in the 60’s consistently, give us a call to schedule your yearly maintenance on your air conditioner. Wait to hook up your hose until the weather is consistently 60 degrees or higher. Once you hook up your hose or turn on the outside spigot, be conscious of the weather. If the temperatures drop below 35 degrees overnight, disconnect the hose to prevent freezing.

Not sure if you need to have your air conditioner serviced? Here is what we have learned here in the office. We cannot service your air conditioner until the weather is at least in the 60’s. Then we come out, check the coil to see if it needs to be cleaned, replace filters if necessary, check amps on your blower, check the charge on your unit and start it up to make sure you are good to go for the summer!

We are here if you need us! Call 252-7100 for your personal plumbers and HVAC technicians.

It’s that time of year… AGAIN!!

Winter is on its way! Don’t get left out in the cold. Getting ready for winter does not just mean finding your coat… your house needs protected as well!

Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Make sure all hoses are disconnected from the faucet and outside faucets are turned off. If your outside faucets are not frost free, make sure to insulate properly to help prevent freezing and breaking which could lead to costly repairs.
  • Drain your sprinkler system.
  • Change furnace filters and remove any items you have stored near the furnace, particularly anything that is likely to catch fire.
  • Remove any household items that are sitting on top of or in front of air ducts and return vents throughout the house

A clean, well maintained heating system will save you money and prolong the life of your furnace.

Alpine Plumbing, Heating and Cooling has experienced professionals to ensure everything is working properly. Give us a call to schedule a fall / winter furnace service.