Preparing for the cold weather

By Al Showers - bio | email

BAY ST LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Michael O'Connor is determined to keep old man winter out of his Bay St. Louis home. Old drafty windows give cold breezes an open invitation.

Bay St. Louis resident Michael O'Connor says, "Some of the old glaze has gotten old and come loose. I'm reglazing my windows to keep the cold air that we're getting now and especially for tomorrow and the weekend."

O'Connor says the work he's doing will not only keep the cold weather out, it will also allow him to keep the heat in.

"Keeping the air from getting into the house yes sir heat cost is up there," says O'Connor.

O'Connor's not alone. WLOX found several people preparing for the artic blast.

Danny Bryant, a Harrison Co. Resident, says, "I'm making sure the pipes under my house are insulated with the foam insulation which is real nice cause it's self sealing."

Pearlington resident Pleasant Freeman says, "My cousin's house is sitting about three and a half to four feet above ground. We have the PVC under there so we're going to wrap those to try to prevent them from freezing."

Freeman and others say spending a little money now can save you a lot in the long run.

Bryant says, "You don't want to make a claim on your insurance cause it will either go up, or they may cancel you. And a burst pipe can lead to a whole lot of damage."

Lowe's Store Manager Bert Hair says, "We have faucet covers that you can purchase or even faucet socks they call them."

Shoppers are loading up on winterizing gear and advice to prevent problems.

"If push comes to shove, a good sock that you have at the house just wrap it up real good and some newspaper, wrap and tape it up would be a good suggestion," Hair says. "Hopefully everybody comes out okay after the freeze."