Protecting your pets, plants, and pipes during the cold

WACO, Texas - We are expecting a low of 28 degrees on Thursday night, and this means it's time to remember the three "P"s.

This first "P" is pipes.

"You have to wrap those pipes," says Mike Staas, the owner of Mike Staas Services, Inc.

Any uncovered outside pipe needs protection from the cold.

Staas continues "when you have those older faucets coming out of the middle of the yard, it's a big time problem they are susceptible to winds at all angles, they will freeze every time."

Not only is the cold weather going to damage your pipes, but....

"Wind plus freezing will really give you problems," Staas adds, "the wind is a factor..the wind will blow in the temperature and keep packing it in a faucet  especially something outside and it will freeze it much quicker, much harder, and it will do damage, the wind can do as much damage as the low temperatures itself."

You just cover pipes with a faucet cover, bubble wrap, or even a t-shirt and secure it.

"String, rubber band..any kind of fastener, " says Staas.

The second "P" is plants.

"When it gets down to freezing, and it stays that way for a period of time....4,6,8 hours or longer, it's going to damage any of those tender plants, so you gotta make sure you bring those in out of the cold," says Louie McDaniel, who works with the McLennan Master Gardeners.

You can simply use frost cover to cover your plants.

"With a frost cover, that will give you several degrees protection on the plant...plants are pretty tough, just plants you really really care about," adds McDaniel.

Or even a blanket.

The third "P" is pets.

Cold temperatures are not a problem for most pets until it drops below 45 degrees. 

Then you should bring your pet inside, or at least provide them a coat.

Just remember if it is too cold for you, then it is also too cold for your pet to be outside.


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