Waterwise Wednesday: Cold Weather Water Protection

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This week’s sustained freezing temperatures could wreck havoc on water pipes. Protect your pipes by:

– Opening cabinet doors under sinks adjacent to outside walls.
– Letting water drip slowly from inside faucets.
– Keep the doors shut on an attached garage if plumbing is routed through the space.
– Protect pipes that have frozen in the past

If the pipes freeze:
– Shut off the water immediately.
– Thaw slowly by applying heat with a hair dryer, space heater, or hot water.
– After thawing slowly turn water on to check for cracks and leaks.

Waterwise Wednesday: Homemade Windshield De-Icer

Our dry winter weather typically only requires a simple scraping while blasting the defrost to clear car windows. But if you need a quick windshield de-icer this week here’s some recipes to try:

1. Isopropyl alcohol and water: Mix two parts 70% isopropyl alcohol and one part water in a spray bottle.

2. Saltwater: Mix water and a teaspoon or two of salt. Road salt for best effectiveness.

3. Buy a commercial de-icing spray.

Use any of the above sparingly, just enough to get the ice melting. Then lightly chip away the ice and brush it away. Excessive amounts of the spray can cause damage to your car windshield, paint, or surfaces where the ice and melt land (e.g., dormant plants) from the salt or chemicals.