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Water Tips for Winter Weather

When cold weather arrives in Sanger, what can you do to protect your home and property from freezing temperatures?

  • Turn your sprinkler system off.  Water once every three weeks, if no rainfall has occurred, on a day without freezing temperatures.  Be sure to inspect your system by observing each zone for one minute and make any necessary repairs or adjustments to reduce water runoff that can create icy conditions on the road.
  • Disconnect and drain outdoor water hoses, then store them indoors for future use next spring.
  • Cover outdoor faucets with Styrofoam faucet covers (available at hardware or home improvement stores) or wrap faucets with heavy cloth covered by plastic.
  • Wrap pipes located in attics or garages with heat tape or cover them with pipe insulation.
  • Open cabinet doors under sinks to allow warm air into the area around interior pipes.
  • Set the hot and cold faucets to drip slowly in the kitchen sink, bathroom sinks, and tubs. The slow movement of water in the pipes will prevent solid freezing.
  • If you will be leaving town for an extended period of time, ask a close neighbor or friend to check on your property every few days.
  • Any house or business that is totally vacant should be “winterized” – which is turning the water off at the meter and then opening all faucets on the property to drain the pipes.  Please call the Public Works for assistance in turning the meter off at 940-458-2571.
  • If water pipes become frozen, let them thaw naturally by exposing warmer air to the pipes.
  • Never try to thaw pipes using hair dryers or other forms of heat!
  • In case of emergencies call 940-458-2571 Monday-Thursday 7:30-5:30, Friday 7:30-11:30, or 940-453-9973 after hours & on weekends.

Sanger, Texas City Hall
502 Elm St, Sanger, TX 76266
Phone: 940-458-7930

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