Winter storm aftermath leaves homes, vehicles damaged

Updated: Jan. 18, 2018 at 10:51 PM EST
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The snow has come and gone, but the aftermath still lingers.

The winter storm brought not only the weather but car troubles and house problems.

"When we have colder temperatures like we've had for an extended period of time, if you haven't already, go ahead and wrap your pipes with pipe insulation," says the vice president of Columbus' Home Ace Hardware, Seth Johnson.

Johnson says pipe insulation is an important key to protecting your pipes from winter conditions.

"Wrap it over the pipe and that keeps the wind off of it. Once the pipes unfreeze, you may notice a crack in your pipes," he added.

"To fix that [crack], you can use something like quick connectors. Simply just make a quick clean cut, and the connector slides on," says Johnson.

He says this connector can be a quick and long lasting fix that could save you a hefty bill from a plumber. The quick connectors run for around $10 to $15 in hardware stores.

But your home isn't the only property which can show after effects from snowy conditions. Your car also can experience the winter mix aftermath.

'We do get a lot of people that come in and say my heater doesn't work or its running hot," says the owner of Exhaust Pro, Mike Pair.

Pair says car heaters are one of the minor but frequent cases seen in car repairs during colder temperatures.

"If a battery is marginal and not putting out its full voltage then yes the cold can zap the last bit of strength out of it," says Pair.

That battery issue can result in a trip to a repair center, according to Pair. Many have faced the conditions head-on in collisions from icy roads, suffering external or internal damage to their vehicles.

"If you do hit something pretty hard you'll notice your steering wheel may not be leveled anymore," says Pair.

He says if you cannot seem to properly fix the issue or are unsure, it's always better to be safe and bring your vehicle into a professional for evaluation and repair.

"Sometimes it can be repaired by simply adjusting something or sometimes it's permanently  broken."

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