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How To Prepare Your Pipes for a Texas Freeze

Be Prepared

Winter Plumbing Tips from Aedile Plumbing

At Aedile Plumbing, we understand that Texas winters can bring unexpected cold snaps that may lead to frozen pipes and plumbing issues. Fortunately, with some proactive steps and careful planning, you can minimize the risk of frozen pipes and avoid costly damage to your home. This guide provides you with easy-to-follow tips on how to prepare your pipes for a Texas freeze.

1. Insulate Exposed Pipes

Insulating your pipes is a crucial step in preventing them from freezing. Consider these tips:

  • Use Pipe Insulation: Wrap exposed pipes with foam or fiberglass pipe insulation to provide a protective barrier against freezing temperatures.

  • Seal Gaps: Seal any gaps or cracks around pipes that pass through exterior walls to prevent cold air from infiltrating.

2. Keep Your Home Warm

Maintaining a warm interior temperature is key to preventing frozen pipes:

  • Set Thermostat: Keep your thermostat at a consistent temperature, even when you’re away from home, to ensure your pipes remain warm.

  • Open Cabinet Doors: Allow warm air to circulate around pipes by keeping cabinet doors under sinks open.

3. Let Faucets Drip

Allowing faucets to drip can relieve pressure in your pipes:

  • Drip Cold and Hot Taps: On especially cold nights, let both cold and hot water faucets drip slowly to prevent freezing.

4. Disconnect Garden Hoses

Don’t forget about outdoor plumbing:

  • Remove and Drain Hoses: Disconnect garden hoses from outdoor spigots, drain them, and store them indoors to prevent damage.

  • Insulate Outdoor Faucets: Install outdoor faucet covers or wrap them with insulating materials.

5. Know How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

In case your pipes do freeze, here’s what you should do:

  • Turn Off Water: If a pipe freezes, turn off the water supply to that area to prevent burst pipes.

  • Use Gentle Heat: Use a hairdryer, heat lamp, or towels soaked in warm water to gently thaw frozen pipes. Avoid using open flames or direct high heat.

Conclusion

Taking these precautions to prepare your pipes for a Texas freeze can save you from the hassle and expense of dealing with frozen or burst pipes. At Aedile Plumbing, we’re here to assist you with any plumbing concerns you may have, including frozen pipe repair and prevention. Don’t hesitate to contact us for expert assistance in keeping your plumbing system in top shape during the winter months.

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