Building and home owners prepare their properties during cold blast

Homeowners and building administrators are adapting to this week's record-setting cold

Posted: Jan 31, 2019 7:10 PM
Updated: Jan 31, 2019 10:37 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind (WLFI)— Staying ahead of the game is key, especially when the game is dodging these winter weather temperatures because everything you do has an affect.


''Keep your doors closed,” said Senior Director of Purdue’s Physical Facilities Operations Ryan Gallagher. “Keep your garage doors closed. Only open them as much as you absolutely have to. Keep that warm air inside''


Gallagher knows just how important preparing for these temperatures can be.

Gallagher said they generally try to save some energy and bring down the usage at night. He said that it’s great for saving some money, but what that also does in the morning is make a high load on the utility plant to get things caught back up. Some folks in the community have a harder time getting things up to speed.


''The pipes freeze constantly because of my basement,” said home owner Adrian Sears. “It’s literally outside so it's concrete and nothing but cold''


Sears prepares her family and home the best way she can, even if that means getting creative.


''We put things in front of our doors,” said Sears. “I have my back laundry room. There is literally a hole underneath my door and I try to put a blanket there to keep cold air from coming in''

Changing the way you normally operate may seem out of the ordinary, but will be worth it in the end. You want to also make sure that you are keeping doors closed so the heat stays inside as well as keeping your faucets dripping overnight, which will reduce your chances of frozen pipes.

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