Some Steps to protect your home during the freezing winter weather

When this winter weather comes in, it can be rough on a house. Take some of these steps to protect your home from freezing temperatures, and all the problems that can go with it.

1 Shut Off the Water to Outside Spigots

Freezing Weather Protection

Water Spigot

To keep outdoor plumbing fixtures from freezing, disconnect and store any garden hoses. Then, shut off the water to your outdoor faucets; drain the lines; and insulate the hose bibs.

2 Check the Exterior Walls of Your Home for Holes


Exterior Window Protection

Even small holes where cable wires or phone lines enter your home can be an entry point for freezing air. Purchase a tube of foam insulation, and close them up. Then, use weather stripping to remedy any cracks around your doors.

3 Insulate. Then, Insulate Some More

Protect your home

Attic Insulation

Prevent your pipes from freezing by making sure your home has adequate insulation. This includes insulating your exterior walls, crawl space or basement, attic and – in many cases – the pipes themselves.

4 Set Your Faucets to Drip

Let Faucets Drip

If any of your indoor faucets are located on exterior walls that aren’t adequately insulated, set your faucets to a slow drip whenever temperatures dip below freezing. For maximum effectiveness, make sure both the hot and cold lines are opened slightly (since both are at risk of freezing). Also consider leaving cabinet doors open, so your pipes will be warmed whenever your home’s heating system kicks on.

5 Learn How to Shut Off Your Water at the Meter

Invest in a meter key (or keep a crescent wrench handy), so you’ll be able to shut off water at the meter, should your shut off valve ever fail you. Then, practice turning the water on and off, so you’ll know how it’s done.

Note: Your city may have regulations against shutting off the water yourself. If so, keep the water department’s emergency number on your fridge, so you’ll be able to report problems quickly.

Keep Your Garage Door Closed

Protect your garage & home from freezing weather

If your garage is attached to your home, minimize the time your garage door is open. This will help to keep cold air out of your house and protect your hot water heater and any other plumbing that you may have in the garage.

Keep Spare Batteries for Your Thermostat

Adjusting your Thermostat

Make sure you’ll be able to keep your thermostat running continuously by keeping spare batteries on hand. Sometimes it’s the small details that save the day.

Learn How to Deal with Problems

Leaking pipes

The right time to learn how to deal with problems is before they happen. Take some time now to learn how to handle frozen pipes, burst pipes and all of those other winter weather disasters:

Going on Vacation?

Consider shutting off the water to your house and draining your plumbing system, so you won’t have to worry about freezing pipes or other plumbing failures while you’re gone.

Keep warm this winter and keep your house safe, if you have any questions please contact us at

Joseph Garcia

Joseph Garcia is a proud native Texan, born in Lubbock, raised in San Antonio and loving Dallas. Everyday Joseph uses his more than 16 years experience in the Real Estate industry to help better serve his clients. Joseph started his career in Property Management, Apartment Locating, and Leasing, then quickly transitioned into becoming a full-time residential agent in 2007. Today, Joseph continues to focus on Residential sales and with his broad knowledge base can even assist his clients with Commercial deals.

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