Lubbockites asked to winterize irrigation, plumbing ahead of upcoming Arctic blast | KLBK | KAMC

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

Posted: Feb 9, 2021 / 3:20 pm CST
Updated: February 9, 2021 / 3:25 p.m. CST

(Photo provided by Lubbock City)

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

The city of Lubbock expects more freezing temperatures from Thursday, February 11 through Monday, February 15, with temperatures as low as 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure your home is properly winterized to prevent irrigation and plumbing damage by following the tips below.

Wintering of outdoor installations and irrigation

  • Manually turn off irrigation systems during freeze 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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