Extreme Cold Weather

Protecting Pipes from Freezing
If the temperatures drop below freezing, the City of Sugar Land encourages residents to prepare their homes to avoid damage to water pipes, sprinkler systems, and swimming pools.

Basic Tips to Remember

  • Make a plan and discuss with your family.
  • If you must go outside, wear several layers of loosefitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
  • Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves.
  • Wear a hat. A hat will prevent loss of body heat.
  • Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.
  • Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.

Home Safety

  • Fit exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or wrapping to slow heat transfer.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
  • Seal cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes with caulking.
  • Make sure your gutters are clear of leaves and debris.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.

Relevant Links

National Weather Service — Forecast Office
Winter Storms and Extreme Cold (ready.gov)
Winter Weather Preparedness: Planning