Residents encouraged to drain water pipes ahead of hard freeze

City officials say to turn off the water and drain the pipes for the night so they don’t burst.

HOUSTON. We’re not out of the woods yet. Houston city officials are advising residents to turn off the water and drain the pipes before the freezing Thursday night.

During a press conference Thursday morning, city officials said if you were lucky enough to have your pipes not burst, turn off the water that comes to your home and open your taps. Let the pipes drain for the night so they don’t burst.

Then you can turn on the water after freezing.

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Busted pipes are already a big problem for many around the Houston area.

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The Home Depot on Gulf Freeway and Beltway 8 in southeast Houston was pretty full Thursday morning. Lots of people came in and out looking for supplies to do some repairs on their house.

Customers said they are mainly looking for materials to fix these broken pipes.

The manager said they were also busy with people looking for materials to fix their walls and lights that might have been damaged by the water.

However, the most popular section is the plumbing area. Contractors and installers get just what they need for these repairs.

“I just got a call,” said Daniel Huston, a plumber. “I do plumbing. Somebody called me, they have a broken line and I’m going there. This is my fifth call tonight. “

He said he has been working non-stop to fix plumbing issues for people around here who are unfortunately struggling with these extremely cold temperatures.

He said he was on his way to repair a broken pipe in the attic of a 72-year-old man who couldn’t get around to it.

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