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Your Survival Guide to This Week’s Winter Woes

Jan 6, 2014

The precautionary measures you should take. Decatur-Avondale Estates, GA Share Tweet Google Plus Reddit Email Comments0 It's going to be cold this week and means we need to pay attention to two things: Our homes and driving our cars. Justin Tomczak, State Farm's Georgia spokesman, offers this tips. : With temperatures predicted to drop into the teens and severe winter weather looming, Georgia residents should use take precautionary measures, both inside their homes, and if they venture out onto the roads. Everyone should take a few minutes to check the pipes in your home. The frigid temperatures expected next week can cause pipes to freeze and burst, destroying floors, furniture, appliances and treasured family heirlooms. A few simple precautionary measures can help avoid the headache and aggravation caused by water damage. A small crack in a pipe can leak water at a volume of 14 gallons a minute causing thousands of dollars in damage in a very short period of time. In most cases, water losses can be avoided by taking a few simple precautions. Spending a few minutes to protect your pipes could save you time and expense down the road. Beat the Freeze - Minimize the chance your pipes will freeze by insulating pipes in unheated areas and those that run along outside walls, floors and ceilings. Disconnect outside garden hoses and seal foundation cracks that let arctic air freeze pipes in crawlspaces. A few simple tasks can help protect pipes and homes when a severe freeze is predicted:  Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to piping under sinks and vanities near exterior walls. Run a small trickle of water from hot and cold faucets during extreme cold. Keep exterior doors to unheated spaces closed as much as possible during winter months. If you are taking a short trip or own a business that will be unoccupied for more than 24 hours, make arrangements to have the dwelling checked regularly during severe cold spells. Discovering a burst pipe or water leak quickly can prevent excessive damage. Install a whole house water leak detection system. For a list of manufacturers visit:  http://www.statefarm.com/learning/loss_prevent/learning_loss_water_leak_det_system.asp DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS ALSO EXPECTED Winter driving conditions can turn treacherous in an instant. Snow, ice, poor visibility, and extreme cold can disable your vehicle or make roads impassable. Even on a relatively short trip, you can find yourself stranded for several hours. It's important to plan ahead for such a situation. Follow Winter Driving Recommendations - Winter driving has its own set of challenges, from the moment you start up your vehicle. Here are some useful winter driving suggestions: Never warm up your vehicle in a closed garage. Keep your gas tank at least half full to prevent gas line freeze-up. Make sure your exhaust pipe is not clogged with mud or snow. Don't use cruise control on icy roads. Allow more time for braking when visibility is poor. Stay calm if you start to skid. Carry Emergency Supplies - In addition to the just-in-case items you should always have in your vehicle, such as jumper cables (and learn  how to jump-start your car safely ,) tire-changing tools, flashlight, and first aid kit, be sure to include these winter essentials: Small folding shovel

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