Special precautions to keep your car and house working properly in cold weather

Keeping everything working smoothly in your car and home depends on getting them ready for cold weather.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — As temperatures continue getting colder and dipping to freezing levels overnight, it’s important to know what you should be doing now to prevent major issues with your car and home. THV11 spoke with car and home experts about things people often overlook, that could save you thousands of dollars this winter.

Richard Hern from Kittle's Garage said it’s all about being proactive for the winterization of your vehicle.  He said many people overlook checking on fluids in every area of their vehicle.

“You want to make sure there isn't any fluid in there,” Hern said.

He said people often overlook the coolant or the washer fluid. He said it’s also important to check brake fluids and power steering. He said when checking the coolant, it’s important to spot any signs of dark tint to it.

“You want to get that flushed out and taken care of as soon as possible.”

Also, the washer fluid is something that Hern said lot of people tend to overlook or take care of poorly. He said people come to the shop with major problems because they used water instead of actual washer fluid. Using water causes major freezing issues.

“All you need to do is buy a $3 jug of washer fluid because the additive that they put in it makes so it doesn't freeze,” Hern said.

Hern said after checking on all the liquids in the vehicle, make sure to check your tire pressure regularly. That includes checking on any spare tires regularly as well. 

J.R. Fuller with Fuller and Sons Hardware on Baseline Road said easy, preventative measures are often forgotten in the home as well.

“You want to make sure your hoses are disconnected from your faucets outdoors,” Fuller said. “Also, those faucets need covers.”

He also recommends getting insulation for all pipes that you can reach in the home. Also, for extreme temperatures, he recommends using electrical heat tape.

In the case of any type of issue with freezing, he said that one of the most important things you can know is where your shutoff valve is for the water in your home. He said they are often located near your water heater. Fuller said that knowing where it is could be key to preventing a major household disaster.

“If all of a sudden you've got water blowing into your house and you don’t know how to turn it off, that's a problem,” he said.

Fuller said that during freezing temperatures, it’s good to have faucets dripping. He said that the real trick is to use both hot and cold water as a mix because they're on separate lines coming into the house.

For additional tips on winterizing your home and car visit the DMV website or this site for real estate advice.

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