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Below freezing home preparation

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Temperatures are looking to cool well below the freezing mark the next several nights meaning that it is time to start winterizing your home.

Making sure to disconnect all exterior hoses from faucets is an important first step in this process. Water stored in connected hoses can freeze ruining your hoses as the sizing of the hose forced to change. This also could lead to water freezing in the faucet of your home cooling interior pipes leading to pipe breaks and leaks inside your home.

Making sure to clean out gutters is also important so water can move freely and doesn't become entrapped causing for the extra weight to pull the gutters further from your home. This also could lead towards more weight when snowfall occurs giving the same result.

Caulking and sealing window and doors frames is also important to help keep your home properly heated to keep energy costs down.

Keeping your home heated above 55 degrees at all times is also important as to keep all interior pipes thawed. Frezxing pipes can leading to cracking which eventually becomes a leak as the pipes thaw.

A way to remain cost affective and warm also lies within the direction of your ceiling fan. This is particularly true for homes with multiple levels or higher ceilings. Switching your ceiling fan to move clock-wise at slower speeds allows for warm air at the higher heights in your home to fall to the surface. This means the heat is more affectively distributed without having to over-work your homes heater.

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Chance Gotsch

Chance Gotsch grew up just south of St. Louis and moved to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri to pursue a degree in Atmospheric Sciences.

His interest in weather begin as a child when he used to be afraid of storms.

Chance joined the ABC 17 Stormtrack Weather Team in February 2021. He is currently the weekday noon meteorologist.


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