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Oct 27

Cold weather is here, let's prepare! 10/27/2017

Posted on October 27, 2017 at 3:16 PM by Vicky Schiber

Hi Water Smart, Southlake Subscribers

With temperatures dipping into the low to mid-30s this weekend, we thought it was a good opportunity to remind homeowners to prepare for the cold weather season. Here are a few things you might want to check now before the real cold weather arrives. 

  • During cold weather, pipes may freeze, causing water leaks and damage to your home. Protect your home by opening the cabinets under kitchen and bathroom sinks to allow air from your home’s heater to warm the pipes under the sink.
  • Let faucets drip – moving water freezes more slowly than still water.
  • Insulate outdoor faucets and pipes with insulation or newspaper, and be sure to disconnect and drain hoses from outdoor spigots.
  • Winterize irrigation systems
  • Protect plants from freezing by covering them with plant-cover fabric, or a light blanket with plastic sheeting on top of it.
  • Be sure to group plants that are in containers together, and near your home. Remember that soil in containers can get just as cold as the air temperature, and cause the roots to freeze, even if the above-surface leaves survive.
Again, we are not expecting extremely low temperatures this weekend, but we always want to help our residents be prepared. 

Earlier today, we inadvertently sent information from the spring; we apologize for that. 

We hope you enjoy your weekend.