This cold weather snap has taken many of us by surprise! If you did not have your house prepared for the frigidness that has descended upon us, you might find yourself dealing with a few disasters. Even if you have not met with disaster yet, it is not too late to take the proper precautions to ensure that your house and your family are safe as we patiently wait for warmer weather to begin.
Perhaps of largest concern during the cold is the risk of bursting pipes. The best remedy is to let your faucets trickle non-stop, but if you are not willing to let your water run non-stop, at least run it a few times per day. In addition, open your cabinets that hide your faucet pipes to allow the warmer air to keep the pipes from freezing.
Keep your House Warm
Even if you are used to turning your thermostat down at night, try to avoid doing that during this freeze. It could cause more problems around your home, including burst pipes and failed furnaces because they must work harder to keep the house warm. Take a quick walk around your house feeling for drafts. They should be fairly easy to discover in this frigid cold. Do your best to stop the draft, even if you just use a towel or blanket to block it for now.
Protect your Car
As many places are closed during this freeze, many of us are not driving anywhere. While this is good for our safety, it is not good for our cars to sit idle for long periods of time in the cold. Try to start your car and let it run at least once per day and make sure that your gas tank is above the halfway point. If you do have to drive anywhere, make sure that you have plenty of windshield washer solvent and that you pack or an emergency. Keep a blanket, warm clothes, nonperishable food, tools, jumper cables and a first aid kit handy because you never know what could happen.