Check the videos below, created by Kitsap Sun videographer Derek Sheppard, for tips on getting your home ready for the cold weather.
If you haven’t brought your plants in from the patio, forget it.
A cold snap moved into Kitsap County Saturday night, along with a few snow flurries, and the weather is predicted to remain chilly, with lows dipping into the low 20s, throughout Monday and into next week. Highs will be in the mid- to low- 30s.
Although the thermometer at Bremerton National Airport read 34 degrees at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, breeze from the north at 9 miles per hour made it feel more like 27 degrees.
According to the National Weather Service, arctic air will continue to pour into the Seattle region through Sunday night. Cold, dry conditions will persist at least through Thursday.
A common problem during extreme cold weather is damage to water pipes that freeze and burst. According to the State Farm Insurance Web site taking the following precautions, if you haven’t already done, so can help reduce the chance you’ll need to call a plumber.
Insulate pipes in your home’s crawl spaces and attic, where exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing. Heat tape or thermostatically-controlled heat cables can be used to wrap pipes. Be sure to use products approved by an independent testing organization, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc. Note the use intended (exterior or interior), and closely follow all manufacturers’ installation and operation instructions.
Seal air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes. Use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out and the heat in. Disconnect garden hoses. If possible use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets.
When the temperature drops, leaving a trickle of water can help keep pipes from freezing. Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall. Also, open cabinet doors to allow heat to reach uninsulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.
To block out the cold from your home, caulk around windows, add weather stripping to drafty doors and place insulating film over your windows.
For more information, visit the Kitsap Sun’s Forecasting Kitsap blog.
How to Caulk Around Windows
Place Insulating Film Over a Window
Put Weatherstripping Around a Draft Door
I was passing by the Key Bank on Silverdale Way in Central Kitsap today around 3:30 p.m., and check this out. It’s hard to read, but the bank temperature display read 117 degrees. I did a U-turn and snapped a picture, a minute or two later it had dropped to 116.
The temperature gauge at Parr Ford on Auto Center Way read a mere 108. All of which makes me wonder about the margin for error on these temperature thingys. I’d love it if someone familiar with how they actually work could explain factors affecting the temperature reading, such as placement of the heat measuring device, sun/shade, wind etc. I like the heat, but today was a little on the toasty side even for me. It was hardly any 117 degrees, however. I also wonder if the temperature variances on display boards around the county appear to vary more widely in extreme weather, hot or cold.