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12/15/04 - Lufkin

Be Ready for More Cold Weather

by Jessica Cervantez

The cold weather in East Texas could be sticking around for awhile. That means it is a good idea to winter-proof your home.

Even the tiniest crack in a pipe can leak up to 250 gallons of water a day, destroying floors and furniture.

As soon as you hear about a freeze coming, you should insulate the pipes in your attic, as they are the most likely to freeze. You can use heat tape to wrap pipes, or even allow a small amount of hot and cold water to run through them in order to keep them from freezing. Letting warm water drip from a faucet overnight can also prevent freezing.

Opening cabinet doors to allow heat to reach uninsulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls is also recommended.

Also, you might want to give yourself extra time in the morning in case you find ice on your windshield. Car experts say the best way to get the ice off your windshield is probably to let your car run for about 10 minutes with the defroster on heat mode.

You can also use an ice scraper or de-icing products to get the ice off, but you don't want to use any chemicals that would ruin the paint or windshield. Also, never pour hot water on your windows. It could cause the glass to crack.

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