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WHAT TO DO BEFORE THE SLEET & SNOW COME TO DALLAS FORT WORTH​

PREPARING FOR FREEZING TEMPS

BE READY TO MAKE A MOVE BECAUSE WHEN THE MARKET SHIFTS – IT ALSO GETS COMPETITIVE!

TOP 4 THINGS: PREPARE FOR FREEZING TEMPERATURES

1. GUARD YOUR WATER PIPES

To keep outdoor plumbing fixtures from freezing, disconnect and store any garden hoses as the weather begins to turn cold. Then, shut off the water to your outdoor faucets, drain the lines, and insulate the hose bibs. Consider purchasing a faucet cover to protect it from the cold. You can pick one up today at Lowes.

When indoor plumbing pipes run through exterior walls, take care to monitor them in the winter and make sure wall insulation is up to recommended standards.

2. RUN THE WATER

Texas homes and plumbing are not built for extreme temperature drops. As we witnessed during the snowstorm in 2021, the rolling power outages can be detrimental to your property. Protect pipe bursts by turning on the water to running not a slow drip. 

Run both hot and cold sides of the water…this prevents both lines from freezing. If freezing temperatures last for several days, run all showers and faucets. If freezing temperatures are only for a day, consider running only the faucets on the outside of the home. 

3. Insulate it

Protect one of your most important investments into your property. Swimming pool equipment can often cost more than purchasing a car brand new. If your pool isn’t winterized, cover your equipment with tarps and blankets. 

Consider also wrapping your equipment panel to insulate your freeze protection sensors. 

Broken and cracked pool equipment pipes can cost tens of thousands of dollars to replace. If your lines freeze, it can also mean having to redo entire sections or even the entire swimming pool. If your pool has tile, it can cost even more! 

Keep in mind that homeowners policies exclude coverage for damage caused if water freezes in your pool. Most newer pool owners in Texas have the option to not winterize their pool due to innovations with equipment and sensors. Unfortunately, many pool owners learned the hard way, that extreme temperatures and rolling power outages can make that equipment obsolete.

4. COVER WINDOWS & DOORS

One of the best ways to keep the house warm especially if you lose power during the storm is to keep all windows and glass doors covered. Heat escapes around those areas and keeping them covered can better insulate your home. Got drapes or curtains that block sunlight? Open them during the day to get free solar heat. And then close the curtains just before sunset. 

If you have plantation shutters, keep them closed at night. As a general rule, each square foot of window that you insulate at night saves about 1 gal. of oil or nearly 1.5 cubic feet of gas a year, which means that insulating curtains pay for themselves in around seven years, to say nothing of the added comfort.

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