Winter Weather Tips
Check out the tips below for information about protecting your pipes during winter weather.
Before it freezes
- Wrap up any exposed outdoor pipes.
- Remove garden hoses from faucets and store. Insulate outdoor faucets with a Styrofoam cover (sold in stores) or a towel.
- Cover any vents around the foundation of your home.
- Winterize your irrigation system and backflow assembly, if applicable.
- Open cabinet doors under sinks or pipes that are adjacent to outside walls.
- In sustained freezing weather conditions, it may be necessary to let water drip slowly from indoor faucets (5 drops per minute!) in order to let the water continue to flow.
- If you're planning to be out of town during freezing conditions, keep your home heating system on low, and proceed with the steps above.
- If no water comes out, a pipe may have burst. You will need to turn your water off as soon as possible! Call our Utility Services Division at 254-298-5611
- If there is only a slight trickle, there may be some things you can do to safely defrost your pipes:
- Run water through the pipe for awhile. This may help clear any ice or blockage.
- DO NOT USE A BLOW TORCH OR ANYTHING WITH AN OPEN FLAME! This could cause serious damage to your pipe and waterline and could even start a fire.
- Apply gentle heat to the pipe using a warm towel. An electric hair dryer at a low heat temperature may also work.
Stay safe this holiday season, and remember to protect your pipes!