City of Lubbock advises residents to winterize irrigation and plumbing | KLBK | KAMC

by: Press release & Posted by employees | [email protected]

Posted: Dec 28, 2020 / 4:00 p.m. CST
Updated: December 28, 2020 / 4:00 p.m. CST

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LUBBOCK, Texas (NEWS RELEASE) – The following is a press release from the City of Lubbock:

The city expects more freezing temperatures from Tuesday, December 29 through Wednesday, December 30, with winter precipitation included in the forecast. Now is the time to winterize your home to prevent watering and plumbing damage by following these tips.

Wintering of outdoor installations and irrigation

  • Manually turn off irrigation systems during freezing events
  • Check the above-ground return flow assemblies, insulate them, cover them with an insulated box, and check the heating element if necessary
  • Disconnect the hoses from the external taps
  • Cover the outside taps with insulated covers
  • Drain and winterize the pools according to your pool maintenance provider or manual
  • Wrap pipes and plumbing under pillar and log houses

Irrigation in temperatures below 35 degrees Fahrenheit can be dangerous and lead to unsafe road conditions if the runoff from the irrigation flows onto the road and freezes, resulting in icy roads. Irrigation while freezing is against city ordinance and can result in fines.

Wintering indoor installations

  • Use thermal tape or pipe wrapping to protect vulnerable pipes in attics, garages, crawl spaces, basements, or outdoors
  • Seal cracks and holes that run through exterior walls, doors, and around pipes with insulation material
  • Open the cabinets under the sinks to circulate warm air
  • When you leave town, turn off the water at the meter

If you need help preparing your home for freezing temperatures, send an email to [email protected].

If you’re in a water emergency, have concerns about water meters freezing, or need help turning your meter off, call 806-775-2588 for assistance.

(Press release from the City of Lubbock)

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