The Ultimate Car Survival Guide
Every car should have an emergency kit that includes first-aid supplies, jumper cables, gloves, a flashlight, duct tape, and some simple car-based tools. But there are some winter-specific items to carry once the temperature drops and the roads are covered in ice, snow, and slush.
Blankets and Hand Warmers
If your car won’t start, the ability to keep yourself warm is going to be extremely important. The best way to do this is by using a wool blanket, supplemented by hand warmers.
Food and Drink
Keep dried foods like beef jerky, peanuts, and granola bars in the car as they’re a good form of protein and carbohydrate-rich foods. Additionally, don’t forget to pack a few sugary energy drinks. The electrolytes and sugars significantly lower the concoction’s freezing point, ensuring you’ll still have liquid when you need it.
Carry a compact folding
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Skip The Scrape
The night before a frosty morning, mix three parts white vinegar and one part water into a small spray bottle. Spray the mixture liberally over your windshield, side windows, and back glass. Wipe off your vehicle’s now covered windows with a squeegee or old rag. In the morning you will find a frost-free car (or at least one with a small amount of easily removable frost)! Avoid using hot water as it may damage your windshield.
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Handy Dandy No-Heat Troubleshooting Checklist
If you notice that your gas furnace is not providing heat, chances are pretty good that you will need the assistance of an HVAC contractor, like Horizon Services. However, there are some common troubleshooting guidelines you should follow prior to calling a professional service technician.
In this article, Horizon Services experts share our most helpful no-heat checklist so you can identify and resolve common problems with your non-functioning heating system.
- Is the system selector switch in the “HEAT” position?
- Is the temperature set at least 3 degrees above current room temperature?
- If your thermostat is electronic, are the batteries charged? Is the display showing?
For Forced Air Furnaces Only: If your thermostat has a switch to control the furnace fan, switch the fan “ON”. (This switch will
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Plumbing Tips for a Safe and Happy Holiday Season
The holidays are a great time for family and friends, fun and cheer. The last thing you need is a clogged drain to become part of your entertainment plans. Rich foods associated with holiday meals like animal fat, bread, pasta, and cheese are classic culprits that lead to clogged or backed up drains.
Often, a house already has partially clogged drains that go unnoticed until holiday guests arrive and overwhelm the system. More people in the home mean more toilets flushing, more laundry being done, extra showers being taken, and more soap or hair going down drains. A busier kitchen means more water being used and more waste going down the sink drain and garbage disposal.
Following these simple tips, that our plumbing experts have assembled, will maximize the life of your plumbing and help you avoid potential holiday headaches.
Plumbing Tips for the Kitchen
The kitchen is the biggest
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