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Prepare for Freezing Overnight Temperatures

One of the benefits of living in the Sonoran Desert in the winter is only having to contend with a few nights of freezing temperatures. Even so, you will want to do a few quick and easy things to protect your home and foliage. These tips will allow you to sleep in your warm, cozy bed without worrying about what’s happening outside.

PIPES

Exposed pipes and outdoor faucets can be the source of trouble in freezing temperatures if not cared for properly.

  • Cover exposed outdoor pipes with foam insulation which can be found at your local hardware store.
  • Turn off faucets and cover them with foam insulation or a heavy blanket.
  • It’s recommended to have a professional winterize a misting cooling system to avoid broken lines in the Spring. Don’t delay and schedule your winterization. Call AZ Mist Systems for your winter maintenance visit.  (602) 908-7676

PLANTS

  • Bring potted plants indoors or place them close to the house for added protection.
  • Watering the roots can increase their chance of survival if they cannot be moved.
  • Cover plants and gardens with burlap, frost cloth or blankets, but never use plastic.
Snow on Golden Eagle
Snow on Golden Eagle

VEHICLE

  • If your car is not parked in a garage or under a carport, you can prevent frost and ice accumulation by covering the windshield with a towel, blanket or cardboard.
  • If your windshield gets covered in frost and you don’t have a scraper, an old credit card or gift card can be used to scrape it. Be sure it’s not an important card because it will take a bit of a beating.
  • Turn on your car and crank up the defrost, letting it sit for a while until the frost thaws.
  • NEVER pour warm or hot water on your windshield. Although it will not shatter, the water will seep into any cracks or chips. As it re-freezes, it could crack your windshield.

Freezing temperatures are now upon us. You’ll thank yourself for taking a small amount of time to prepare for it.

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