PHOENIX -- As the temperatures drop, it’s important to protect your pipes early before they freeze.
Debbie Hernandez of The Home Depot visited "Good Morning Arizona" Sunday to share some tips to help prepare pipes for the colder weather.
“A lot of people wait till the last minute, and then everybody rushes in and then we’re out of stuff,” Hernandez said. “People might think it’s a little premature because we usually don’t get a freeze till a little bit later on, but now is the time.”
The anti-siphon valve and pressure vacuum breaker are two irrigation system units that go near the sprinkler and hose spigot. It’s important to wrap insulation around both units, Hernandez said.
Regular insulation and wrap with plastic will keep units warm in the winter months.
It is also a good idea to wrap pipes with foam or foam rubber tubing. Hernandez advised using foam rubber material because it is better quality and not much more expensive. Both tube wrappings work on copper and PVC pipe.
Many people may try using a water pipe heat cable during cold weather, but Hernandez said they don’t need to be used because Arizona does not have extreme cold like the East Coast or Midwest.
It is also important to protect plants and flowers during the winter. Keep plants hydrated and cover them to prevent freezing. The Planket can be draped then tied over plants. Rolls of sun screen material and doubled up weed block material can also help protect plants.