Prepare your home and vehicle for possible single digit temperat - WSFA.com: News Weather and Sports for Montgomery, AL.

Prepare your home and vehicle for possible single digit temperatures next week

Posted: Updated:
Residents should also make sure their car is prepped for cold weather. Source: WBRC video Residents should also make sure their car is prepped for cold weather. Source: WBRC video
Source: WBRC video Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

With temperatures possibly dipping into the single digits next week, FOX6 News is looking into how you can protect yourself, your vehicle and your home.

J-P Dice and the FOX6 StormWarn team are predicting temperatures may be between 8 and 13 degrees Tuesday morning. Temperatures that day may only rise into the 20s.

So how do you deal with such bitter cold?

"Thirty degrees is the freezing point of water, but you get down to about 20 or 21 degrees and that ice starts to expand again and that's when you start having pipes rip open," Wayne Cleage with Five Points Paint and Hardware, Inc. said.

Cleage says now is the time to think about the "what ifs" of extreme winter weather.

"Sometimes people don't come home for days and the basement is flooded, house flooded," Cleage said.

Cleage says it's not just exposed pipes people should be concerned about.

"Pipes even in basements that aren't properly heated. If there's not a heat source in the basement," he said.

FOX6 News met him at his store and he had some "must haves" laid out for our news reporter. The first must have is pipe insulation but he advises making sure you have the right size.

"Don't get one that too large because it won't trap enough heat," he said.

Cleage says when insulating pipes it's important to create a heat source. You can buy pipe heating cable for that.

"It's like an electric blanket for your pipes. We recommend the only way to put this tape on is to run along bottom of pipe," he said.

Or he says you can do it the old fashioned way by using a heat lamp or a light bulb.

"A 60 watt incandescent bulb at one end of a pipe or another will transmit through the pipe, then the insulation will hold heat in," he said.

Folks also need to pay attention to their cars when it's bitterly cold or you can find yourself broken down.

Tim Jasper with Express Oil Change in Homewood says if you don't have a garage, be sure to get the antifreeze checked and your battery tested.

"It may be weak enough where it can't turn your car over. With these kind of temps the oil gets thick, puts a strain on battery especially if car is outside during the evening," Jasper said.

Copyright 2013 WBRC. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow