Tips To Winterize Your Home For The North Texas Temperature Drop – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Expect some winter weather and extremely cold temperatures in North Texas this week.
Experts say that every time the temperature drops below 30 degrees for several days, some precautions must be taken to protect your home and prevent your pipes from freezing.
First, it tells you to take off the hoses and wrap the outside faucets with the towels or t-shirts you have on hand.
“If you have hoses attached to these outside taps, you want to go out there and clamp them off,” said David Crow, general manager of Benjamin Franklin Plumbing. “Just take a towel if you don’t already have a device and just wrap it up.
The inside says you should turn up the heat.
Then somewhere in the house that has plumbing on an outside wall, open the cabinet doors and let a single tap drip.
“You have two things in your favor, you have the heat you created in the house coming back under those cabinets, and you have water flow on an outside wall. These prevent the pipes from freezing and bursting, ”said Crow.
And while these tips can save you some money, there are a few things that the Fort Worth Fire Department said could save your life.
“In winter we are definitely seeing an increase in fire activity and a large majority of it will be heater-type fires,” said Mike Drivdahl, PIO for the Fort Worth Fire Department.
They say be careful how you choose to stay warm.
“If you use your stove to heat your home, that’s not what it was designed for,” said Drivdahl.
And more importantly, they say you should check your smoke alarms before turning on the heat.
“We like to emphasize smoke alarms. I know that this does not necessarily have to do with heat and cold, but with safety in the event of fire due to the heat and cold,” said Drivdahl. “Smoke alarms give you important minutes to get out of your house in an emergency.”