LOCAL PLUMBING COMPANY OFFERING FREE PIPE INSULATION EQUIPMENT FOLLOWING FREEZE WARNING
The first freeze in the Brazos Valley is forecasted for later this week and a local plumbing company is hoping to help residents prepare their homes for this first round of bitter cold. JBG Plumbing, which has served the B-CS area for more than 35 years, is offering free faucet insulators to place over outside water faucets while supplies last.
“One of the worst calls that we receive, especially around Christmas time just about every year, is to help people clean up the mess from a busted pipe,” said JBG Plumbing CEO, Brad Gause. “We just want to make sure that we do everything we can to help everyone get ready and make this cold blast of weather as easy as possible for local residents. We thought that these insulated foam covers, which are very easy to install, just made sense to not only help protect pipes but to get the word out about how to protect all of your plumbing.”
Bryan-College Station residents can swing by the JBG Plumbing office, located at 4425 Rock Prairie Road West, between 9am and 4pm beginning Tuesday morning. The cold front is expected to have the biggest impact on Thursday night. Gause recommends that everyone have the necessary precautions in place by the end of the day on Thursday at the latest.
“If people come to us for a free cover, purchase one at a local hardware store, or even wrap the pipes with towels and tape them we want to be here to help in any way we can,” Gause said.
He also provided several tips from his company to help deal with the cold weather when it comes to protecting your plumbing.
Drain water from your swimming pool and sprinkler system supply lines.
Remove hoses that are used outside and cover the outdoor faucets with foam insulators, towels, etc.
Locate water supply lines in unheated areas of the home and insulate them. There are inexpensive pipe wraps available at hardware stores. Pipes may even be wrapped with a 1/4 inch of newspaper.
Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
When temperatures drop into the mid-20s or lower, let cold water drip from faucets in the house to keep pipes from freezing.
Leave your heater at the same temperature throughout the day and night. It should not be set lower than 55 degrees.