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Prepping Homes For Extreme Cold

Updated: Jan 30

Tomorrow, on 12/23/22, temperatures are supposed to plunge around 40 degrees in a single day to the lowest temperatures we've seen in many cities/counties of SE VA in years. Thankfully for homes in the area, no snow is projected in any of the cities/counties I checked, but it's a good idea to be on the lookout for any changes in that forecast.


In my time as a Realtor, I once performed a showing in Williamsburg where I was representing the buyer & I could hear something unusual as I approached a home with a buyer after dark. I feared the worst, and my fears were realized when I looked inside. The vacant property in one of the nicer homes in Williamsburg had one or more pipes burst. I contacted the listing agent, who quickly came to the home. Thankfully the owners had insurance, and that was a great thing, as I wouldn't be surprised if the bill came to over one hundred if not hundreds of thousands of dollars due to the size and quality of the home (which was priced around $500k I believe).


Beyond my time as a Realtor, I remember one occasion where my pipes froze when I hadn't prepared specifically to prevent frozen pipes. If I hadn't done anything after the fact to thaw them out, I wonder if my pipes might have burst.


In this article, I wanted to go over what's coming tomorrow, the ways you can still prepare for it for you, your vehicle, & your home, and the ways to do additional preparations in the future for the next time temperatures outside drop to extremes.



What's Coming Tomorrow, 12/23 as Projected by Weather.com at 9 PM on 12/22

Last Minute Preparations for Extreme Cold with or Without Snow Projected

How to Prepare for a Power Outage in Extreme Cold

Long-Term Preparations for Extreme Cold

How to Prepare for Snow