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Freezing Weather in the Metroplex?

Texans aren't exactly used to these freezing cold temperatures, and by the looks of the forecast, the cold weather isn't going away anytime soon

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Here are some tips on how you can protect your home

Preventative tips:

  • Disconnect your water hoses.
  • Seal openings where cold air can reach unprotected water pipes, like outside faucets. Cold winds can speed up the freezing process.
  • Cover exposed pipes with foam or fiberglass insulation sleeves.
  • Leave cabinet doors open under kitchen sinks and bathroom faucets to allow warmer air to circulate around pipes.

Do you suspect your pipes are frozen?

  • Turn on the faucet. If there is only a drip or trickle, or no water flowing at all, the pipes may be frozen.
  • Check your water supply lines. Look for very cold spots and see if you notice any breaks.

If you find that your pipes are frozen, here’s what to do next:

  • Wrap the pipe in a heating pad.
  • Aim a hair dryer at the pipe, keeping the air moving back and forth in sections of the frozen pipe. Never use extreme heat or open flame, such as a heat gun or blow torch to heat a pipe.
  • Position a space heater to circulate warm air around the section of pipe. You may have to reposition the space heater along the frozen pipe.
  • Turn up the heat in your home.
  • Once the pipes have thawed, let the water drip to prevent refreezing.
  • If the pipes have thawed and you discover you have a break or leak, shut the water off at the main shut-off valve and give us a call immediately.

Other safety tips:

  • Make sure your air filters are clean so your furnace is working to its full capacity.
  • Due to an increase in running your gas furnace during this time, make sure your carbon monoxide detector is working properly.
  • If you are going to be out of town during this time, please let a friend or neighbor know to check on your home for you!

We are here for you 24/7, so please let us know if you need us. Stay warm and stay safe!