With low temperatures expected to drop into the single digits and teens for a few days beginning Saturday night, it’s smart to take some precautions to prevent problems with plumbing and landscapes: 

  • Before a freeze, make sure the soil is moist because sufficient water inside plant cells can make them more resilient to frost damage. However, excess moisture on the outside can contribute to damage as water freezes. 
  • The day before a freeze, only water plants if temperatures rise above 45 degrees. 
  • Turn your irrigation controller/timer to off. 
  • Remove outdoor hoses and cover outdoor faucets with insulated covers 
  • Open sink cabinet doors to allow heat from the home’s heating system to circulate around the pipes. Leave a small trickle of both hot and cold water coming out of sink faucets, especially those located adjacent to outside walls.  
  • Keep the thermostat set to at least 55 degrees if you’re planning to be out of town. 
  • Know how to turn off your water if a pipe bursts; click here for information.  

More information: 


Protecting Landscapes and Horticultural Crops from Frosts and Freezes – Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service (tamu.edu)