Residents Stock Up To Protect Home from Cold Temps

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EUCLID, OH -- With sub-zero temperatures in Northeast Ohio, many homeowners are heading to home improvement stores to make sure they are ready for the extreme cold.

“I am worried about the cold weather coming," said Mariane Joyce of Euclid.

Homeowners were busy buying winterizing products at the Home Depot in Euclid to keep their homes warm while the sub-zero temperatures roll through Northeast Ohio.

Jim Scruton is a store supervisor and provided some quick tips to keep the cold drafts out of your home and your pipes from bursting.

“'What you do is put the tape around the edge of the window, stick the plastic paper to it, shrink wrap it with a hair dryer and you are all set. That'll stop the drafts from coming in," said Scruton. "Another quick way, weather stripping around your door jams because drafts come in. About 20 percent of your heat loss is through doors and windows."

“This is a set of foam insulation for your pipes. You wrap this around your pipes and it will greatly lessen the chance of your pipes freezing. If you are in a really bad area that you think you might have more subject to pipes freezing, this is an electric heat pipe cable. You tape this to the water pipes, plug it in and turn it on and it's basically a heater for the water pipe so they will not freeze if you have them on."

The staff at Home Depot say if you are going to try and de-ice your sidewalk, they suggest you use calcium chloride instead of rock salt. Calcium chloride will melt in sub-zero temperatures and rock salt will not.

Homeowners shopping at Home Depot say they want to be prepared for whatever mother nature throws at them.

"I'm definitely worried about the cold temperatures. It's going to be frigid out here, go ahead and get me some window insulation kits for my windows to keep me and the family warm," said Jason Wallace of Cleveland.

"I think it's always good to be prepared. I mean, I went grocery shopping, I made sure we've got candles in the house and flashlights, you can never be so safe," says Mariane Joyce of Euclid.

Staffers at Home Depot say winter products like de-icing salt and window insulation kits are selling so quickly, they are constantly keeping the shelves stocked.