Freeze warnings in parts of Central Texas

Many areas in Central Texas are under a freeze warning through Friday morning. 

Below are tips from Austin Water on how to protect your home in freezing temperatures. 

Before Freezing Weather:

• Wrap all exposed pipes located outside or in unheated areas of the home.

• Remove garden hoses from outside faucets.

• Cover vents around the foundation of your home.

• Know where your property owner’s cut-off valve is located and how to use it. The valve is located adjacent to the water meter box under a 6" metal lid.

In Sub-Freezing Weather:

• 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 At 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.
 

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