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Old 01-06-2010, 07:50 PM
 
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Default another Q abt wrapping pipes

We live in our house and have the temp set at 68, so we're toasty warm. Do we still need to do something about the pipes inside the house? Attic?

About the outside spigots: on the other thread people are saying to wrap them... with what? A towel?

About the pool pipes: if we keep them running all night, will that be enough? Or do we also have to wrap them? Again- what do I wrap them with??

I am from Chicago and have never worried about frozen pipes until now. HOWEVER I will say in Chicago when we moved into a house with an underground sprinkling system we didn't drain the sprinklers and we had a pipe burst.

Do we have to do anything to the sprinklers here or did ours burst because the ground froze?

Final question: is it OK to wait until my husband gets home at 10PM to let him do all the fun wrapping, or do I have to bundle up myself and do it now?
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Old 01-07-2010, 04:24 AM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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We live in our house and have the temp set at 68, so we're toasty warm. Do we still need to do something about the pipes inside the house? Attic?

About the outside spigots: on the other thread people are saying to wrap them... with what? A towel?

About the pool pipes: if we keep them running all night, will that be enough? Or do we also have to wrap them? Again- what do I wrap them with??
They make a commercial product that looks like a tube that works as insulation for your pipes...about 1.50/6 ft. You can also use things like rags and tape or layers of newspaper and tape but they are not as durable. You can also get a 6 inch strip of fiberglass insulation and use that and tape and wrap it. They make insulated cover for the outside spigots about 1.50. Not sure about the pool as I don't have one.

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I am from Chicago and have never worried about frozen pipes until now. HOWEVER I will say in Chicago when we moved into a house with an underground sprinkling system we didn't drain the sprinklers and we had a pipe burst.

Do we have to do anything to the sprinklers here or did ours burst because the ground froze?
The ones in the ground should be ok but I would turn off the system and drain it to be safe (you won't need it anyway)

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Final question: is it OK to wait until my husband gets home at 10PM to let him do all the fun wrapping, or do I have to bundle up myself and do it now?
I would get it done by this evening when the prolonged freeze will be starting.
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Old 01-07-2010, 05:28 AM
 
Location: Houston (Memorial) and Western NC
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Run the pool pumps during the freeze hours. Like mine are going to run today at 3pm untill tomorrow at 10 am. Blanket or towel the pvc pipes into the sustem. Blanket/towel the filtration system. Make sure all traps are clear of debree..polaris off.

Don't drain the pool in Houston. You will have a huge headache on your hands if you do. POP!
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Old 01-07-2010, 10:24 AM
 
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A towel should work fine for wrapping spigots - that's what we did.

One of my neighbors wrapped his gas pipe / meter on the side of his house. ???
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Old 01-07-2010, 11:10 AM
 
Location: NE of Columbus Ohio
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One of my neighbors wrapped his gas pipe / meter on the side of his house. ???
He may have thought it was the water meter.
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