Tyler , TX (KETK) — It's cold in East Texas, and nearly half of the nation is in below freezing temps. We were in the teens Monday morning and could be again Tuesday morning. Those dropping temps can really add up in dollar amounts if you're not prepared. Especially when it comes to things like your car and home.
Engines Express owner Robert Russell says there two main things you need to check before the temps drop below freezing, anti-freeze and tire pressure. "They need to make sure their anti-freeze is at an acceptable temperature, in regards to the freeze temperature. The tire pressure tends to drop in this type of weather," said Russell.
However, if you're vehicle is up to date you should be ok. "If you've taken care of your maintenance like the manufacturer suggests, typically you won't have a problem like this." said Russell.
Another important thing to watch out for during this weather is your irrigation system. "The best thing to do is to turn it off if you know that its going to get really cold," said Matthew Koop, Lone State Lawn Sprinklers.
Lone Star Lawn says these temps can freeze the water pumps, and that can be really costly to replace. "It will definitely freeze, we've seen some frozen pumps and its not good," said Koop.
You also need to remember if your home is older, the piping system can freeze too. It's smart to insulate everything you can to be ready for this deep freeze, and have the water constantly running.
While you're preparing your home and car for the freeze, so is the Salvation Army in Tyler. They are ready for whatever the weather brings. They put extra cots into their rooms, opened up extra rooms, have more clean linens available, and cooked more food. Even though they're expecting anywhere from 10 to 40 extra people, they will not turn anyone down.
Salvation Army says all of their extra accommodations wouldn't be possible without the donations during the Christmas season.