ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar) – It’s starting to look like winter in the Permian Basin. With cold temperatures on the rise, experts say you should prepare yourself and your home for freezing temperatures.
Tommy Ervin at Plumbing Ervin and Supply Inc. said that this time last year the February winter storm took everyone by surprise and this year he hopes many people take extra precautions as cold temperatures hit us.
Insulating your pipes is the first step to ensuring that cold weather doesn’t cause them to freeze and burst. Ervin suggests that when temperatures are mid to low in your 20s, you should let things like faucets and sinks run with a steady stream of water.
“The volume of water that you come out is a stream of urine…okay, so hopefully people know what urine stream is, so you run it with cold water and add a little bit of hot water to it, that will keep your pipes from freezing especially at that end of the house,” says Ervin.
When temperatures start to rise again in the 30s or so, Ervin recommends stopping running water and conserving your resources instead. Last year, the City of Odessa’s water supply was in jeopardy when winter frosts swept through the Basin.
“Last year, we overloaded our water plant on 42nd…the plant out there was running to death and it almost broke down so let’s save water for this year,” says Ervin.
Other tips for insulating your pipes is to place a piece of cardboard over the insulation to best protect the pipes from the cold wind.
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