It’s Winter in Texas! Make sure your home is ready to handle the extreme cold.
Prevent freezing and bursting pipes
Water pipes are especially vulnerable to extreme cold. To help prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting, please be sure to:
- Keep your thermostat set on at least 65°F, even if you’re not home, make sure you have fresh batteries in the thermostat and a fresh air filter in place.
- Let faucets drip to keep water flowing through the pipes.
- Insulate exterior faucets with a hard faucet cover, available at any home improvement store, typically for less than $5.
- Keep kitchen and bathroom cabinets open to allow warmer air to circulate around water pipes.
- Keep your garage door closed to help keep cold air out of the garage and protect the pipes in your walls.
- If the main shut-off valve to your home is in the garage, please wrap the valve with an old blanket to help prevent freezing.
Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Because your heating system will be working hard, it’s important to make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are fully functioning. Please check the batteries and replace them if needed.