Frigid Weather Means Frozen Pipes

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Brace yourself—winter is coming! With temperatures dropping below freezing, the City of Arlington wants to remind residents to protect their pipes and know what to do if water or sewer problems emerge when cold weather strikes.

Prepare for frozen weather by following these tips:

  • Open cabinet doors under sinks to expose pipes to heat within the house.
  • Allow hot and cold water to slowly drip from inside faucets.
  • Wrap exposed exterior pipes and faucets with foam insulation or newspaper.
  • Wrap pipes located in attics or garages with heat tape or cover them with pipe insulation.
  • Remove garden hoses from outside faucets.
  • Cover all openings around the foundation.
  • If planning to be out of town for an extended time, turn off water to the house and open faucets to reduce pressure.
  • If water pipes become frozen, let them thaw naturally by exposing warmer air to the pipes. Never try to thaw pipes using hair dryers or other forms of heat!
  • Turn off your outdoor irrigation system and only run it manually when needed this winter.
  • If you do not have a private water cutoff valve, and need help with turning your water off, call 817-275-5931 Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm, or 817-459-5900 after hours & on weekends.
  • Call Arlington Water Utilities at 817-459-5900 to report potential public water line breaks or to report slow leaks in public water lines that may cause ice to form.

You can also find some great information about preparing for freezing weather here: http://www.arlingtontx.gov/fire/oem/emergencypreparedness_severeweather_winterweather.html

Don’t forget to prepare your pets for frozen weather: http://www.arlingtontx.gov/Animals/WinterSafety.html

5 thoughts on “Frigid Weather Means Frozen Pipes”

  1. Thank you….I truly believe if the roads ice up and our fire dept specialist division gas well response vehicles cannot get to the site or sites (or phone lines/power is down/communication is hampered), that a designated nearby homeowner should be instructed how to go to the site and know where to find and push the red, manual shut down button in the event of spillage or gas release. How do-able is this training in a pinch?

    1. Thanks for your question Kim! This article is meant to refer to water pipes; when the temperature drops, water can freeze and expand within the pipe, causing the pipe to break. If you see any suspected leaks or breaks in a public water line, please call Arlington Water Utilities 24/7 at 817-459-5900. Natural gas lines shouldn’t encounter the same issue, but if you see any suspected leaks or breaks in a gas line, please call 911. If you have any other questions about natural gas lines or natural gas drilling, please contact the Gas Wells Division of the Department of Community Development and Planning; you can find their contact information here: http://www.arlingtontx.gov/planning/gas_drilling.html

  2. Questions to ask when the power goes out if you live by a natural gas padsite…..we have about 60 here in Arlington.
    1) How are all the drill sites, pipelines, compressor stations, procesing plants, and refineries doing?
    2) If the waste hauling trucks cannot get to the storage tanks from over filling/spilling…the wells will auto shut in right?
    3) And if the wells heads shut in from either freezing up or to prevent the storage tanks from spills, then will that cause a disruption to those power plants that use natural gas instead of coal?
    4) Is that adding to the risk of even more power outtages?
    5) If electricity powers any of these compressor engines, won’t they have an “upset” aka a toxic release to the airshed emission events?
    6) Aren’t we soooo past dinosaur fossil fool fuels when we look at all the downed power lines from Mother Nature’s fits?

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