Arctic Freeze Coming To The Woodlands!

By: Billy Adams
| Published 02/11/2021

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THE WOODLANDS, TX – Temperatures are forecast to drop to around 11 degrees this Monday.

Do you want to build a snowman? Well, you may just get your chance. The weather forecast for The Woodlands area includes dropping temperatures with increased precipitation on Monday, and the word on the street is that we might even catch a glimpse of that glorious white substance falling from the sky. I think it's called snow. It is an unusual sight for our community, but a welcome one at that. Woodlands Online would like to help you make the most of this arctic experience.

Take Precautions This Weekend

With below-freezing temperatures bearing down on us this weekend, make sure that you take the necessary precautions to keep yourself and your family safe. From hazardous road conditions to possible power outages, make sure you are prepared.

Here is a list of some things to consider this weekend.

• Make sure that your home's exposed piping is wrapped properly.

• Cover plants outside. Frost cloths are recommended.

• When going outside, dress in layers.

• Check space heaters for frayed wires. Don't leave space heaters unattended. It is recommended to not leave space heaters running overnight while you sleep.

• Make sure you have an emergency kit on hand. It is recommended to keep an extra portable phone charger available as well.

• Stock up on batteries, bottled water, and non-perishable foods.

• Make arrangements to keep your pets safe and warm. It is recommended to bring your pets indoors during this time.

• Check on your older friends and family.

• Minimize Traveling.

Pro Tip By McKinley Plumbing Services

An often overlooked but one of the best tips to help keep your pipes from freezing in your attic is to slightly open your attic door during the freeze. It only needs to be open a couple of inches to allow warm air in your home to rise into the attic. We recommend that you stick something like a shoe in the door to prop it open. In addition to the slightly open door, we recommend that you leave the light on in the attic. The small temperature change will also help keep your pipes safe.

Pro Tip By M & D Sprinklers

Shutting down & winterizing your sprinkler system is more than just turning off the controller. You need to locate the ball valve that is usually in the ground underneath a green lid near the backflow device or the water meter and turn that ball valve off. On the backflow device you need to turn the levers/ handles going perpendicular to the pipe they are on. Sometimes this takes some WD 40 and elbow grease! Use a flathead screwdriver on the bleeder screws on the backflow device. This will spray & release the water out of the device.

You can call M&D Sprinklers at 281-367-4890 to schedule a technician to come out & winterize your system for you. If you are unable to get this done, then wrap your pipes and shine an outdoor light towards the backflow! It’s not guaranteed it will prevent a crack but it’s an additional preventative measure.

Emergency Service Provider Recommendations

If you experience burst pipes and need the assistance of a local plumber, we recommend McKinley Plumbing Services. You can learn more about them at - https://www.woodlandsonline.com/cdps/cditem.cfm?nid=8483

For assistance with issues regarding your home's central heating system, we recommend Hal Watson Air Conditioning Company. You can learn more about Hal Watson at - https://www.woodlandsonline.com/cdps/cditem.cfm?nid=1465

For issues regarding your sprinkler system, we recommend M & D Sprinklers. You can learn more about M & D Sprinklers at - https://www.woodlandsonline.com/cdps/cditem.cfm?nid=9149


Have Fun With Your Loved Ones

During this arctic blast, we encourage you to also spend quality time with your friends and family.

Here are some recommendations from Woodlands Online.

• Pop some popcorn and watch a good movie or take in a favorite TV show. If you haven't seen the new Marvel series WandaVision, we recommend watching it.

• Rediscover playing board games. While showing off your skills in strategy and intelligence you may just strengthen that bond between you and your family. From dominoes to Monopoly, it is always a great time playing board games while keeping warm.

• Try some new and exciting recipes and extend your limits with cooking and baking.

• If you dare, you could also challenge your kids to a video game. Now we are not saying that you will actually win, but the time you spend with your kids, even playing videos game, will mean more than you think.

• Check out Woodlands Online's ROKU channel. We have hundreds of videos from cooking shows to what's new in pop culture.

• And of course, if snow does fall on Monday, by all means, go outside and build that snowman!


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