Are you winter weather ready? Experts say insulate your pipes and salt your sidewalks

It’s a good idea to make sure your pipes are ready for the freezing temperatures
Published: Jan. 19, 2022 at 3:00 PM EST
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Now is the time to get prepared for any potential wintry weather or ice this weekend, and hardware stores across the area are busy as people shop for their winter needs.

While the Cape Fear is unlikely to see some snow, you may be salting sidewalks and driveways this weekend. Some of your neighbors have already started preparing for the storm.

“I’ve noticed a lot of people coming in to get faucet covers and pipe insulation that we normally have,” said ACE Hardware store manager Austin Little. “A lot of people have come in to get the ice melt that we normally sell. We have been completely out for a while now.”

Just because Leland’s ACE Hardware is out of ice melt doesn’t mean other locations are but you will want to get some soon. If you can’t get your hands on a bag, there are other options to keep ice problems to a minimum.

“I would say, get some pool salt or some regular house salt would help,” said Little. “Any kind of salt helps out a tremendous amount. You can go to the grocery store like ‘the Pig’ to get a little bit of salt to help. Even just put it on your tires just to get out the driveway if you have to.”

It’s also a good idea to make sure your pipes are ready for the freezing temperatures. That means letting faucets drip, insulating your exterior pipes and covering your outdoor faucets to keep them out of the cold.

If you have pipe insulation supplies from previous years and packed it away properly, it should still be effective.

Little adds that while you’re trying to keep warm, critters that live in your backyard are, too. Keep an eye out for rodents and other creatures that might sneak inside.

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