LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - When the freezing weather hits East Texas this week, your body isn't the only thing you need to think about keeping warm; you need to prepare your home as well.
The largest number of calls plumbing companies get when temperatures drop below freezing is usually linked back to the frozen or busted pipes.
These calls could be avoided if people properly prepared their homes for freezing weather. Plumbers say it is easy to keep your home from winter damage, no matter what type of piping you have.
"Commonly around these parts, what you're going to see the most is a combination of either copper or galvanized piping. These days you'll also see PVC, CPVC, and Pecs," said Loggins Plumbing Estimator Steve Ellis. "All of them need to be insulated, regardless of what you've been told, or what you've heard. When it gets below freezing and water gets inside the pipe, they need to be insulated"
Ellis suggested that you use proper insulating material to wrap your pipes, they can be found at any outdoor supply or hardware store. If you don't have time to find the proper insulation, you can also use a towel or blanket, but they won't work at efficiently.
Ellis also suggests that running a faucet overnight to prevent pipes from freezing. Many freezes and bursts occur due to water not moving.
If your pipes freeze, you are urged to immediately contact a plumbing service. Many plumbing companies in the area have 24 hour services.