Experts: Protect Pipes as Temps Drop

By: David Norris Email
By: David Norris Email

COLLEGE STATION, Texas As the temperatures in Brazos County and surrounding areas continue to drop, and with a freeze on the way, it’s time to make sure your pipes are ready for the cold.

Experts recommend wrapping any exposed pipes outside your home before it’s too late.

Hugh Wallace with McCoy’s Building Supply in Bryan said they have all types of wraps and insulation ready to go.

“Faucet covers, pipe insulation, pipe wrap,” said Wallace.

Wallace said if you don’t have time to go out and buy insulating materials, there are other ways of keeping your pipes safe.

“If they don’t have time to do that, or if the weather is too bad, at least leave your pipes at a pretty steady drip,” said Wallace. “Because if the water is flowing, they won’t freeze.”

Brad Gause with John Gause Plumbing said to drain and insulate your irrigation system if you have one, and to make sure you disconnect your water hose from the faucet.

"If you leave the water hose connected with water in it, that water will freeze and it will bust the little vacuum breaker that's on the end of the water hose,” said Gause.

Temperatures are expected to reach the freezing point overnight Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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