Cold Weather Precautions

While Texas is known for its warm climate, it’s essential to be prepared for occasional extreme cold weather events, especially during winter. Follow these guidelines to ensure you’re ready for freezing temperatures: 

 

 

1. Pipes and Insulation: 

  • Insulate exposed pipes to prevent freezing. 
  • Open cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around pipes. 

 

2. Heating System: 

  • Set the thermostat to a consistent temperature to prevent freezing. 
  • Report any issues with the heating system immediately to the property management team. 

 

3. Draft Prevention: 

  • Use draft stoppers at the base of doors and windows to minimize heat loss. 
  • Seal any gaps or cracks in windows and doors with weatherstripping. 

 

4. Emergency Heating Sources: 

  • Have alternative heating sources such as space heaters or electric blankets in case of a power outage. 
  • Ensure these alternative sources are used safely and according to guidelines. 

 

5. Winterizing Outdoor Spaces: 

  • Cover outdoor faucets to prevent them from freezing. 
  • Bring in or secure outdoor furniture to prevent damage in winter storms. 

 

6. Emergency Supplies: 

  • Keep a supply of non-perishable food, water, blankets, and essential medications. 
  • Have a flashlight, batteries, and a battery-powered radio in case of power outages. 

 

7. Emergency Contacts: 

  • Know emergency contact numbers, including local authorities and utility companies. 
  • Report any issues with utilities promptly to the property management team. 

 

8. Stay Informed: 

  • Monitor weather updates and emergency alerts. 
  • Stay informed about any advisories or warnings related to extreme cold weather. 

 

9. Winterizing Appliances: 

  • Ensure appliances are winter-ready, especially those located outdoors. 
  • Follow any winter maintenance guidelines provided by the property management team. 

 

10. Collaborate with Property Management: 

  • Communicate any concerns or questions about extreme cold weather preparations to the property management team. 
  • Follow property guidelines and recommendations for winter care. 

 

By taking these steps, renters can help ensure their safety and well-being during extreme cold weather conditions. Open communication with the property management team is crucial for addressing any specific concerns related to the rental property.