Protect Your Pipes

Pipes that go unprotected can freeze and burst with time and can cost thousands of dollars to replace. Avoid unnecessary costs by caring for your pipes properly in cold weather.

First, identify any water hoses that may be hooked up. These hoses are filled with water and should be removed, emptied, and put away during freezing weather. Next, protect outside faucets or piping with heat tape or pipe insulation. Either product can be purchased from most hardware stores. Wrapping the tape or insulation around exposed outdoor pipes should be enough to keep your faucets from freezing. Outdoor pump systems, even if housed in a shed, can still freeze up and cause problems if the weather is cold enough. Use a heat lamp in the late evening hours to prevent freezing.

Sprinkler system 

To start, turn off the water to the irrigation system at the main valve. Next, set the automatic irrigation controller to the “rain” setting or turn off the controller altogether. Turn on the valves for each zone to release any pressure in the pipes. Lastly, drain all the water out of any irrigation components that might freeze.

These simple steps can help avoid major plumbing problems this winter. If you have any questions or comments regarding protecting your plumbing during freezing weather, please contact Jessica Smith, Solid Waste Coordinator, at 972-780-4946.

The Duncanville Fire Department encourages all residents to stay informed about current winter weather events and take necessary precautions to be prepared for severe conditions well in advance.

A great way to be prepared is to know when bad weather is approaching. The City’s citizen alert emergency notification system will allow the City of Duncanville to send informational messages and emergency alerts about situations as they occur. Alerts can be received on multiple devices such as home phone, mobile device, e-mail, and more. Click here to find out more information and sign up today!




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