Protecting Your Pipes

Colder weather is coming this week to The Woodlands and the Houston area.  Although the temperatures are not  forecasted to dip dangerously low after all, there are some simple things you should do to protect your plumbing systems,  pipes and irrigation system. 
  • Wrap exposed pipes with foam insulation, or with a pipe sleeve.  This week, you will want to pay most attention to uninsulated pipes outside.  Pipes most vulnerable to freezing are outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines and water sprinkler lines.
  • Insulate any portion of your sprinkler system that is above ground – check to make sure the backflow preventor above ground is wrapped and insulated.  Many homeowners and some clients experienced damage to their sprinklers systems last year (you know who you are!) during freezing temperatures. They seem to be the first to succumb to freezing weather.
  • When home during freezing temperatures, leave cabinet doors open to allow warmer air to circulate around pipes under sinks.
  • Turn faucets on to a drip (make sure hot and cold lines are open) as a slightly running faucet prevents the build up of pressure from a freezing pipe.
  • If you are away for an extended period of time, set your home thermostat no lower than 55 degrees.
  • Disconnect outside water hoses, drain them, and store in the garage.
  • Make sure outdoor faucets are completely turned off and insulate outdoor hose bibs.  An insulated faucet “jacket” or cover, like the one shown in the next video, can be purchased at most local home improvement retailers, including Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Ace Hardware. Just don’t wait too long to get them, because they do sell out quickly.

There are local professionals that I recommend to help with some of these projects. If you need assistance, please let us know and we will be happy to put you in touch with a professional that can help!

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