Tuscarawas County, Ohio (WJER) - AAA officials are parking the cars for a couple days and offering some tips on how to make sure your home survives the cold snap.
Spokesman Jim Garrity says sub-zero temperatures bring the threat of freezing and bursting pipes inside your home, but he says the trusted methods are proven effective ways to keep your plumbing in working order and avoid a costly service call.
“Take some steps like opening the cabinet door in the kitchen, where you have your sink there, maybe taking one or two sinks throughout the house and letting some warm water drip overnight,” he says. “It’s definitely enough to keep the water moving and could be enough to keep it from freezing.”
Garrity says it’s also a good idea to leave the heat on all day and night to keep the warmth circulating.
“I know some people are in the habit of maybe turning down the furnace at night to try to save energy,” he says. “You want to make sure you’re keeping the thermostat where it is so that the whole house stays a pretty consistent and fairly warm temperature.”
AAA also recommends disconnecting garden hoses and insulating piping inside crawlspaces.