Insulate Outdoor Water Pipes Early

We had an unusually cold snap during the last few days in Houston. Many folks had pipes which burst. Others were outside in their cold weather gear wrapping pipes and covering outdoor faucets. It occurred to me that since this must be done anyway, why not do it in spring or in the fall. The pipes to the outside faucets could be wrapped on a warm sunny day and a styrofoam coffee cup taped over the faucet.

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It wouldn't be a great amount of trouble to remove that and put it back if you needed the hose for something and it would be taken care of before the freeze. The best part is you wouldn't be out there in a driving wind with a wind chill of 4 degrees F.

By Marty Dick from Houston, TX

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February 10, 20111 found this helpful

Why not just do like we do in the north? Buy a faucet that won't allow the water to freeze and forget about it from one year to the next.

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February 11, 20110 found this helpful

I live in New Orleans and do mine the week of Thanksgiving, when it's still warm.

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February 14, 20110 found this helpful

Marty, good thinking. It constantly amazes me, the people who put off everything until the last minute, or worse, until too late.

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Lilac, not everyone can afford the special faucet you mentioned, but thanks for the idea anyway.

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