JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) --It's the kind of cold that makes your fillings hurt and can cause pipes to freeze and burst. The kind of cold we will be looking at for the next several days.
I went over to the Barton's Do-It Center and talked to my friend Scott Parker. The first thing we talked about was how to take care of my outside faucets.
Parker, "The number 1 thing with outside faucets is remove the hose. That's the number one reason an outside faucet will freeze.
Scott says then cover the faucets with a foam faucet cover.
Back at my own house I noticed one faucet had a large icicle formed underneath it. Judging by that I've already got a problem with this faucet but I'm going to go ahead and put on my insulator. It's not a very complicated process and in the Spring it will probably be time to replace the faucet.
Around a corner of my house I had one faucet that's well concealed by bushes. This one's a little harder to get to but don't let that slow you down. You need to make sure that ALL your outside faucets are covered up.
The next step is to keep cold air from getting to the pipes.
Parker, "Any access doors need to be closed any foundation vents need to be closed or blocked."
I'm in the process of re-building my deck. The previous owner had the vents covered up.
So as I'm rebuilding, I'm making sure even though I may have to climb underneath it I can still get to them.
Once you get all the outside stuff taken care of if you have a crawl space you need to get under your house and take a look at the pipes underneath your house.
Parker says stick pipe insulation is the easy way to go here. It generally runs in six foot lengths of various widths made to fit steel, copper and PVC pipe. Parker showed me how easy it was to install.
Parker, "Split like that, slip it over any exposed pipes." If you have a long run you can wrap duct tape around the foam. I had a different type at my house and after crawling under I will need some more.
I've got a lot of exposed pipe but this stuff is great. The pipe insulation I have is a little bit different it's actually self sealing. You pull these little strips and it basically sticks to itself,right around the pipe.
Make sure you get enough to cover joints and corners as well. And make sure the holes where the pipes go to the outside faucets are insulated.
And just in case after all this you still have a pipe break make sure you know where your shut off valve is and how to turn your water off.