As of 2:56 PM CST Wed, Jan 19, 2022, the National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Hood County. As winter weather approaches, Justice Plumbing would like to remind Granbury residents and businesses to take steps to keep their water pipes from freezing and possibly bursting over the coming days.
- Make sure all outside pipes are insulated.
- Check to see that pipes in unheated parts of your home or business (including crawl and attic spaces, under cabinets) are insulated.
- Make sure outside faucet washers are secure.
- Keep the lid on the meter box to better insulate it from freezing.
- Turn off or unplug your irrigation system during the winter to prevent ice on sidewalks or streets. Drain the lines to prevent them from freezing and bursting.
- Commercial buildings with fire sprinklers should leave the heat on overnight and on weekends when subfreezing temperatures are forecast.
- For residences, make sure everyone in the household knows where the main water shutoff valve is in case a pipe breaks and it is necessary to turn the water off in a hurry. Check this valve now to make sure it is working.
- If you must leave your house vacant for a long period, turn off your water supply at the valve on the resident’s side of the meter box and have a plumber do the necessary work to prepare pipes to prevent damage.
- During prolonged freezes, you may want to open all cabinet doors that contain water pipes to allow heat to enter the areas.
- Keep extra water on hand during freezing weather in case a main break or frozen pipe cuts off your water supply.
If a resident has no water and thinks it may be because of a frozen pipe, it is safest to call a licensed plumber like Justice Plumbing (817-579-9779) to handle the problem. The pipe may be cracked and will burst when thawed, and using an electrical appliance to heat the pipe could cause the pipe to burst, creating the risk of electrocution.