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Protect Pipes From Freezing Temperatures

Prepare for freezing temperatures when the weather is still warm by protecting water pipes from freezing and possibly bursting.

  • Insulate and wrap exposed faucets, pipes and vacuum breakers, including pipes outside the house or in unheated crawl spaces, attics, garages and other areas
  • Disconnect hoses from outside faucets and use insulated faucet covers
  • Keep pool pumps running, make sure all the valves are open as well
  • Keep the lid on the meter box so the meter won’t freeze
  • Locate your personal water shut-off valve and make sure it works. Residents should never turn the water meter on or off.
  • If you are going to be away for a long period or the house is vacant, turn off the water supply at the valve on the resident’s side of the meter box
  • During prolonged freezes, open all cabinet doors that contain water pipes to allow heat to enter them.
  • Keep extra water in jugs or fill the bathtub during freezing weather in case a main break or frozen pipe cuts off your water supply

If you have no water, it may be due to a frozen pipe:

  • The plumbing may be frozen at the point where the pipe goes under the house or in the attic.
  • If a pipe is frozen, it is safest to call a plumber as it may be cracked and burst when thawed.In the event of an emergency, please contact the Water Department at 281-391-4820 or after hours at 281-391-4848.
  • Water running in the street or buckled pavement are signs of a water main break and should be reported immediately.


  • Keep warm, stay inside if possible.
  • Dress in layers and wear hats, gloves and an appropriate coat.
  • Avoid overexertion, as cold weather puts added strain on your body.
  • Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water.
  • Keep heat sources at least 3 feet away from furniture and drapes.
  • Never leave children unattended near a space heater.
  • Protect yourself from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning by installing a battery-operated CO detector and never using generators, grills, camp stoves, or similar devices indoors


  • Bring pets inside and move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas.
  • Keep adequate food and water available.


  • Cover plants with a frost cloth (don't cover plants with plastic)
  • Move potted plants to an area protected from the north wind
  • Watering plants keeps the roots from getting frost damage
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