The weather forecasts are disputed, but it looks like we may get quite the freeze this evening! That being said, we wanted to make sure that our clients know how to prepare their residential plumbing for a freeze, particularly since our Texas climate doesn’t typically require us to make such preparations. Today we will go over how to prevent your pipes from freezing!
Insulate Your Pipes
The best, and most effective thing you can do is to insulate your pipes. It is quick, easy, and affordable, so there’s no reason not to get it done! Your local hardware store will have a few different pipe insulation options to choose from, so once you’ve chosen one, take it home and wrap your pipes. Some people secure the insulation with tape, but we recommend securing it with zip ties, for easier removal in the future. By insulating your pipes, you protect them from frost and ice. Additionally, remember to cover your outdoor faucets as well.
Open Your Cabinets
Another way to protect your pipes is to open your cabinets. Not all of them, but at least the cabinets that house the sinks in your home. When you open those cabinets, you’ll notice how cold they are inside. By opening them, you are allowing the warm air in your home to also keep your pipes warm.
Let Your Faucets Drip
Last but not least, allow the faucets in your home to drip just a bit. This prevents them from building up pressure if they do happen to freeze, which prevents your pipes from bursting. Additionally, a dripping faucet allows the water in the pipes to move, and moving water is less likely to freeze than still water.