Getting your car and home ready for freezing temperatures

Just like us, our homes and cars need a little extra TLC as the temperatures drop.

While you might try to save on your heating bill, when it gets this cold, it’s important to keep your thermostat at a certain level to avoid doing serious damage.

“Probably about 50 degrees is as low as you dare go,” said Ryan Starley, a plumber at Gold Seal Plumbing.

On Monday, Gold Seal Plumbing fixed a massive water leak from a frozen pipe. Starley says especially in older homes, mobile homes ,and summer houses, it’s crucial to keep cupboards and doors wide open.

“Leave it open so the airflow can get in there and the warm air can get in there. Just like cupboards you close it off and they are not really airtight, but that cold air will get trapped in there,” Starley added.

Leaving the faucet dripping does work too but Ryan says if you have to resort to that, it’s time to call in a plumber.

“It’s more of a short term fix to a long term problem,” Starley said.

When it comes to care for your vehicle it’s more about what you do after the cold than before.

Nathan Rookstool with Mechanic’s Pride advises leaving plenty of time to get your engine’s going.

“Cold weather obviously is going to show if you have a weak battery,” said Rookstool. “If you’re having slow starts before it’s cold it may not start for you in the morning.”

Keep a pair of jumper cables in the trunk to avoid the cost of a tow truck.

The most common calls the auto body shop gets after a deep cold spell involve windshield wipers.

“You’re going to want to make sure your windshield wipers are not turned on and froze to the windshield. If they are frozen to the windshield and you go to start your car, it can mess up your wiper motor,” said Rookstool.

Breaking your windshield wiper motor can cost up to $400 to fix. Take the time to pull your wipers away from your windshield the night before.