Preparing for Freezing Weather
Know the location of the shut-off valve in your building. If you do not currently have a shut-off valve, have one installed as soon as possible.
Preparing Outside Your Home
- Remove and store garden hoses.
- Wrap outside faucets.
- Wrap pipes in crawl spaces, under porches, garages, and any pipes that have frozen in the past.
- Wrap pipes with dry newspapers, then cover newspapers with plastic wrap or garbage bags, and secure with string or wire.
- Commercially manufactured coverings are also sold at hardware and plumbing stores.
- To wrap pipes that have frozen before, even though precautionary measures have been used, electric heat tape should be used.
- Drain irrigation or water systems.
- If snow or ice is forecasted, some customers may want to place a visible stick or marker by the water meter.
Preparing Inside Your Home
- Open cabinet doors under sinks to give pipes next to outside walls exposure to warm air.
- Find the faucet farthest from the main water line and allow it to drip cold water at a very slow rate in order to keep water moving through the pipes.
Vacant & Unheated Buildings
- Turn off the hot water heater and the main shut-off valve in the building.
- Drain pipes by opening all indoor and outdoor faucets and then closing them.
- Shut off the valve to each toilet and flush once to drain the tank (but not necessarily the bowl).
Thawing Frozen Pipes
- Thaw as soon as possible.
- Do not use an open flame or hair dryer.
- Wrap the pipe with rags and pour hot water over the rags.
- Call a plumber or capable handyman to thaw frozen pipes or replace broken ones.
For More Information
For more information please contact:
Delois Thompson, Water Billing Manager
401 S Alamo Street
Marshall, Texas 75670
Email Delois Thompson