Protect Your Pipes As Temperatures Will Drop Again

Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - With the temperatures dropping drastically, West Texans need to get ready again for what round two of this chill could do.

On Tuesday, round two of this winter weather came, with the temperatures dropping and the chilly wind whipping across the Basin.

Local plumbers, after just finishing up the last round of frozen pipes from last week, now have some words of wisdom for West Texans this week.

The seven full-time workers at D&D Plumbing in Midland had their work cut out for them last week during the winter storm.

"Since Friday, we've done more than 100 calls, all plumbing, mostly frozen and busted water lines," Manager, Derek Rotan, said.

They told NewsWest 9 they were just finishing up last week's work and getting back on schedule, when the temperatures outside began that familiar drop.

They said the reason why so many pipes burst the last time was because that kind of weather caught them and their customers by surprise.

"We're just not prepared out here for these cold temperatures," Rotan said. "So they're really not making mistakes, they're just not prepared for these extreme temperatures."

Now with the temperatures predicted to drop below freezing for the next few days, they're issuing warnings again to everyone to make sure history doesn't repeat itself.

When it comes to West Texans' pipes, the best thing to do is make sure the heat still makes its way to them, but not the extreme heat of a portable heater.

Sometimes it's as simple as opening the door so the rest of your home's heat reaches the pipes.

"All the places that were susceptible to freezing last week are gonna be the same places that are susceptible this week," Rotan said. "In those areas for sure keep a little bit of water running, some extra insulation and sometimes just a light bulb. Makes all the difference. Just have a little bit of heat."

NewsWest 9 also has some power conservation tips for you to make sure enough power is saved to prevent outages.

During the day keep your thermostats at 68 degrees or lower. While you're at work or before you go to sleep, turn them down to 55. It's also a good idea to turn off and unplug all lights and appliances you're not currently using and close your blinds and shades at night to keep any heat from escaping through the windows.

As of Tuesday, there were no planned power outages for Wednesday, but keep in mind that could change as officials are keeping an eye on the state's electric grid. Outages will only be used as a last resort.