One thing in my life is certain: Every single time the words “freeze warning” or “freeze watch” comes across the weather forecast, my husband will not be home. What does that mean? Simply that I had to learn how to wrap our pipes to prevent them from freezing in the cold.
11 years ago we had no clue what to do to prepare our home for our first winter. Since we live in South Texas, it’s not something that anyone really worries about until that occasional hard freeze hits. You can laugh all you want but when the hard freeze warning comes across the forecast people get off work early, raid all the grocery store shelves and bunker down for the entire 20 hours max that the hard freeze will last.
Houston gets crazy when the weather drops below 60. When the weather gets around 30 degrees, people truly loose it. When this happens, you won’t find any products to winterize your home left on the store shelves.
For the first 6-8 years of our marriage and new home ownership my dad would send me an email every time winter weather was forecasted that said:
Daughter (he never uses my name),
Don’t forget to wrap your outside pipes and faucets tonight. It’d also be a good idea to leave water dripping or your kitchen cabinet doors open a bit. You don’t want to deal with a busted pipe.
Every single year. But you know what? It helped. Because every single year it sent me into a tailspin of bundling up, gathering supplies and heading out into the frozen Houston tundra to prepare the outside of the house for winter. (We’re not used to cold weather, remember?)
Side note: It’s so warm here that it is not worth keeping the house winterized all winter long. We’ll have a week of cold weather and then a week in the 70’s when you probably need to reach those water faucets to water tropical plants.
11 years later I’ve figured out a pretty simple and quick way to wrap our outside faucets using supplies that we already have on hand. This is a great way to wrap faucets in a mild or warm climate. If you’re truly in the frozen tundra, you need more!
Today if you need help figuring out how to winterize your outside faucets, don’t worry – I’ve got your back Jack.
You only need a few supplies to wrap your outside faucets.
For every faucet you’ll need an old shirt or towel from the rag pile, large ziplock bag or plastic shopping bag and wide tape such as duct tape or packing tape. I have used painters tape in a pinch or tied it with string. That’s it.
I used an old holey shirt that I pulled out of the soon to be rag pile.
I folded the shirt in half lengthwise which made the width of hang over the faucet by about two inches. It isn’t rocket science, you just need it to hang down over the outside edge whiles still covering the part of the pipe that goes into the wall. The neater you can be in wrapping the shirt, the easier it will be to finish off with a bag and tape.
Next you just keep wrapping the shirt or towel around the pipe. Make sure that you tuck the bottom edge piece (the one hanging down over the faucet) inside the shirt as your wrap it up. Try to do one more wrap where youcan cover the outside edge of the faucet with another layer of fabric
Once you have that wrapped well, slide the plastic bag over the fabric and push the edge of it all the way to wall. Using the tape do one messy wrap around the bag just to hold it in place.
Taa-Daa! An easy no cost way to protect your outdoor faucets in a freeze!
Now it’s time to go inside and prepare your refrigerator for the possibility of losing power. Just because you lose power doesn’t mean you need to lose all of your food. Check out this post on How to Prepare Your Fridge / Freezer for a Power Outage.
Now that your faucets are protected, make this cute Let it Snow mug using this tutorial and free cut file.