We are in for some record-breaking frigid, winter-y weather conditions this weekend and next week, as well as sustained temperatures well below freezing. There will be snow and icy roads, but there doesn't have to be a huge plumbing bill for busted pipes to follow! Below are some tips for preventing property damage from frozen pipes

In addition to preparing your pipes for freezing conditions, please remember to bring pets inside and take necessary precautions to ensure animal safety. 

Before Freezing Weather

  • Wrap all exposed pipes located outside or in unheated areas of the home.
  • Remove garden hoses from outside faucets. Insulate outside faucets with Styrofoam cover, rags or paper.
  • Cover vents around the foundation of your home.

In Sub-Freezing Weather (Sunday - Wednesday)

  • Drip outside faucets 24 hours a day (5 drops per minute). This is not necessary unless temperatures are expected to be 28 degrees or below for at least 4 hours. (Be sure to turn off the faucets after the threat of freezing weather.)
  • Open cabinet doors under sinks adjacent to outside walls.
  • In unheated garages, shut off water to washing machines. Water softeners should be drained and protected from freezing temperatures.
  • In sustained sub-freezing weather, let water drip slowly from inside faucets.
  • Take extra precautions to protect pipes that have frozen in the past.

If You Are Not Going To Be Home

  • Shut water off at the property owner’s cut-off valve.
  • Drain all outside water faucets if your house will be unoccupied for several days (leave outside faucets open).
  • Or, leave home heating system on at a low setting.
  • Open cabinet doors under sinks adjacent to outside walls.

Animal Safety Tips: the best way to keep companion animals from freezing to death is to bring them indoors, where it is warm.

  • Don’t leave companion animals outdoors, especially when temperatures drop—if it’s uncomfortably cold for you to be outside, it is equally uncomfortable, and potentially deadly, for them.
  • Shivering, weak pulse, dilated pupils, stupor, and unconsciousness are signs of hypothermia. If an animal exhibits these symptoms get them to a veterinarian right away!
  • Salt that melts snow can be a serious irritant for to an animal’s paws, make sure to wipe or rinse their feet when back indoors.
  • Don’t leave antifreeze in open containers. Antifreeze is deadly—its sweet taste attracts almost any animal and will kill them.
  • Bang on the hood of your car before starting it—animals may crawl under the hood to find warmth.
Stay warm and safe everyone! Stay home if possible!

Rebecca Howe
Village of San Leanna 
P.O. Box 1107 
Manchaca, TX 78652 
Phone/Fax (512) 280-3898 
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