Preventing plants and pipes from freezing

POSTED: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 4:34pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- It's the most wonderful time of the year.

But freezing pipes can turn the jolliest of folks into a Grinch in a matter of minutes.

"Any kind of plumbing material anything that's left out to the elements is subject to, uh, any kind of freezing," said Jason Pina, co-owner of Cornerstone Plumbing in Waco.

Freezing, that could turn into flooding.

Fortunately it takes just a little preparation to avoid this problem.

"Insulate would be the biggest thing, just insulate. Cover up, if it's an outside spicket, sticks out of the ground, wrap some insulation around it, put a bucket on it," said Pina. 

Another important tip to remember when leaving your home, open up those cabinets.

When you leave the cabinets open, the air circulation outside is allowed to come in and help keep those pipes warm.

"Anything that's closed off from the heated air could, could freeze. Open your cabinets up, leave your faucets running, works," said Pina.

And while the cold weather will keep most of us inside, don't forget about your landscaping outside.

"Before a freeze, make sure you water them. it takes longer for the water to freeze, the ground to freeze if it's wet than if it's dry," Miji Roberts of Greenlife Nursery.

And for really cold weather.

"If it's going to be a really bad freeze and you feel they need to be covered, make sure you use something that breathes, not plastic. burlap an old quilt a sheet, something like that," said Roberts. 

And if your plants are in a pot be sure to wrap the pot too.

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