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How to Keep Your Pipes from Freezing

Frozen pipe with snow in background

From the icy conditions of “The Freeze” many homeowners in Montgomery, Waller, & Harris counties now realize it’s time to take extra precautions to make sure their homes and plumbing pipes are prepared for freezing temperatures this winter. 77 Water Well Inc. has compiled some tips to keep piping warm and safe during cold weather—and we’re always available if you need us!

Steps to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

By taking these precautions, you can help prevent your pipes from freezing and avoid costly damages.

1. Disconnect and Drain Outdoor Hoses

If you have outdoor faucets, make sure to disconnect and drain any hoses before the winter weather sets in. Leave the faucets open.

2. Insulate Your Pipes

Use insulation sleeves, tape, or heat tape to wrap the pipes, especially those that are exposed to cold air.

3. Drain Sprinkler System

Turn off the water valve to the sprinkler and drain the system to help prevent water from expanding and damaging vulnerable parts of the system.

Insulated outdoor pipe and faucet

4. Provide Heat

Use a heat lamp or small electric heater with a thermostat. Make sure to set the thermostat to a temperature no lower than 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

5. Allow Faucets to Drip

A slow drip can help prevent the water in the pipes from freezing.

6. Check Irrigation

If your water well supplies the irrigation system only, turn off the breaker!

What To Do if Your Pipes Freeze

If you suspect that your pipes have frozen, there are a few steps you can take to try to thaw them:

Hand turning faucet on

Keep the Faucet Open

As the water begins to thaw, it will start to flow through the pipe. Keeping the faucet open will help relieve the pressure and allow the water to flow more easily.

Provide Heat

Carefully apply heat to the frozen section of the pipe using a hair dryer or heat lamp. Do not use an open flame, as this could be dangerous.

Wrap Frozen Pipes

Wrap the pipe with a heating pad or towels soaked in hot water. This can help to gradually thaw the frozen section of the pipe.

If you are unable to thaw the pipes or if you suspect that they have burst, you should shut off the water supply breaker and call us as soon as possible.

Serving The Woodlands, Magnolia, Spring, Tomball, Conroe and Montgomery, TX Areas