(KXAN) — With the freezing weather millions of Americans are experiencing this week, there’s a risk of frozen water pipes in your home. And if this happens, there is a risk that they will burst.
Frozen pipes bother plumbers and firefighters every year.
One homeowner in Dripping Springs, Texas, said he prepared his pipes just as they did for the 2021 winter storm. While he didn’t have any problems last year, he did this week.
Employees at Radiant Plumbing in Central Texas said they often encountered situations Thursday and Friday where homemade faucet covers weren’t enough.
“It does help in cold temperatures, but if it stays below freezing for a long time, it’s not going to be as good as some people might think,” Radiant’s Gunner Brown said.
If you’re away for the weekend, plumbers recommend double-checking your outdoor faucet covers.
As for indoor faucets, experts recommend putting one with hot water and the other in another sink with cold water.
If your pipes are frozen, Austin Water has tips for homeowners: Turn on all faucets that are running, fully open the cold water faucet closest to the frozen pipe, and wrap the pipes with towels soaked in warm water.