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How to prepare your home, car for frigid temps

How to prepare your home for frigid temps
Posted at 6:52 AM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 11:04:35-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — With the single-digit temps on the horizon, it's important you prepare your home so you don't experience any mishaps.

Usually, the most prominent issues have to do with plumbing, and water is the enemy. So, you want to make sure that you are avoiding any exposure related to that.

We caught up with Trent Urban, Owner of the WireNut Home Services in Colorado Springs, who explains you can be proactive in making sure your pipes don't freeze over.

"Plumbing issues that you really want to take care of, make sure that your hoses are disconnected, any water lines that are outside aren't exposed with water in them, because that will expand and burst," Urban explained. "Your sprinklers should have already been drained by now so hopefully that was done, otherwise that could be a problem area."

When it comes to heating, make sure you don't overrun your furnace. That will lead it to break when it's needed the most. The best thing you can do is let your furnace run at standard temperatures.

Home service companies typically get busier whenever there's a cold snap, but they will also prioritize the calls depending on the emergency. However, be prepared for some potential delays if you do encounter any issues in your home.

Another issue that can come with cold weather is car battery problems. Experts recommend taking your car to a local mechanic to get the battery checked to make sure it’s strong enough to withstand cold weather.

Car batteries should be checked, as the cold weather will suck some of their energy, causing the batteries not to perform as well. Batteries operate between 30 and 60 percent worse in weather under 32 degrees. It’s also important to take an extra look at your car’s hoses to make sure they’re not swollen or feel “gummy.”