Preparing for Cold Weather
The COLD weather is coming (I think). Make sure your garden hose is detached from the spigot to avoid a broken pipe. It’s also a good idea to insulate exposed or exterior pipes. Dont forget to check the pipes under your house if you own a pier and beam home
Insulate Your Pipes
With cooler weather around the corner, make sure to detach your garden hoses and have your exposed pipes insulated (don’t forget the ones under your house). It’s cheaper to prevent than to repair!
Prevent Frozen Pipes
With temperatures being consistently cold and ‘freezing’ you may want to leave that back bathroom sink slightly dripping overnight with the cabinet door open. If you have exposed pipes (i.e. front/back yard spigots), insulate them. Exposed pipes freeze faster and the insulation will help protect it.
Friendly reminder before colder temperatures arrive.
- Close the shut-off valve on the pipes which lead to your outdoor spigots.
- Drain any residual water from spigots or hoses.
- Don’t leave hoses attached to outdoor faucets over the winter; roll them up and store it until spring. This can help prevent frozen and/or busted pipes!
Test for Frozen Pipes
Run water from every faucet If pressure is normal, that’s good news! If NOT take note that that pipeline may be frozen. Take a space heater and heat that area (keep the faucet running). Once the water pressure is back to normal you can turn off the faucet.
*If you have several faucets that seem to be frozen, you may want to turn off the main water valve (usually outside near the curb, for Richardson residents) and seek professional assistance.