Tips to prep cars and homes for the overnight arctic blast

Tips to prep cars and homes for the overnight arctic blast

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On the outside you want to ensure crawl spaces are covered and your hoses are off and unplugged. On the outside you want to ensure crawl spaces are covered and your hoses are off and unplugged.
"In a weaker battery when that temperature drops that reaction slows way down, and there's not enough reaction to make it go," Lindsay explained. "In a weaker battery when that temperature drops that reaction slows way down, and there's not enough reaction to make it go," Lindsay explained.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) –  An arctic blast of cold temperatures is expected to hit East Tennessee Monday night but there are some key steps to take to protect your home and car from the inclement weather.

6 News called on the experts for tips on what to do the night before a big freeze.

"Basically you've got a wind tunnel under [the house] and at 20 degrees that's like putting your water pipes in a freezer," explained Kevin Heynes with Northwest Plumbing.

A big freeze can wreak havoc on a home's plumbing. On the outside you want to ensure crawl spaces are covered and your hoses are off and unplugged.

"The pipes will actually swell with the ice as it freezes, and I learned one time in school that ice exerts 33,000 lbs per square inch as it freezes," Heynes said about leaving a garden hose attached during cold weather.

As for the inside there are steps to take to protect those pipes.

"This sink is on an exterior wall so what you might want to do is just have your faucet drip," Heynes said.

Heynes explained letting a faucet drip slowly overnight prevents it from freezing.

"That's not going to waste a whole lot of water in comparison to a repair bill, especially an emergency repair bill," he said.

But what about your car?

"If you have to leave it outside, you don't have a luxury of a garage, some things are probably going to happen. There's probably going to be frost on the windshield, so if at all possible cover up the windshield so you can avoid scraping," said Don Lindsay, AAA spokesperson.

Often times the battery is the biggest concern. 

"In a weaker battery when that temperature drops that reaction slows way down, and there's not enough reaction to make it go," Lindsay explained.

If the battery is strong, cold weather shouldn't affect it, but if it's weak, and doesn't start in the morning, Lindsay recommends letting it warm up for a couple hours in the sun and then giving it another shot.

"Also one other thing, there should be still time enough left this evening to go get some gasoline in the tank," Lindsay suggests. "If the tank is less than half full, the moisture in the pipe line to the gas tank could likely freeze and cause a problem."

Other helpful tips include:

  • Use a towel to wipe off any moisture the night before to ensure doors don't freeze shut in the morning
  • Cold temperatures can deflate tires and you might need to refill in the morning
  • If your battery is too weak to start, it's probably time for a new one
  • Never pour hot water on a car window covered in frost, it will crack the glass

 

 

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