Freeze Conditions (Yes, it can happen in Texas)
Winter freezes in Texas, though rare, can be very real. Arctic blasts can dip temperatures well below freezing and remain there for extended periods of time. Please be ready if such conditions occur.
- PATIO STEPS: Please be extra careful walking up/down the front patio steps – they could very well freeze over with ice. If need be, consider using “kitty litter”, commercial de-icer or sand on frozen patios & walkways. If snow and/or ice does accumulate it is best to remove as much as possible quickly so to help prevent buildup. Once snow and/or ice accumulates, it is much more difficult to remove and can remain for extended periods.
- OUTSIDE FAUCETS: Austin Water encourages all customers to turn off irrigation systems during the winter months to help conserve water. Additionally, remove hoses from outside faucets and prepare supplies to wrap exposed faucets with towels or a Styrofoam insulator. To help prevent freezing and possible bursting of pipes, please make sure that all outside faucets are properly covered or wrapped.
- EMERGENCY WATER SHUTOFF: In the advent of a water emergency, and the main water source needs to be temporarily closed, the cutoff valves are to the left of the driveway entrance – Side A to the Left, Side B to the right.
- FALLING TREE BRANCHES: In the advent of freezing rain, followed by sub-freezing temperatures, tree branches have been known to crack and potentially fall due to the much added weight of snow and ice. If this occurs, please let the property manager know ASAP. Efforts will be made to remove these branches in a timely manner.
- ELECTRICAL POWER AND UTILITIES: The management and/or VJP Properties are not responsible for any disruption of electrical service. Texas is on an independent grid system and as such controls power distribution on their own terms. Rolling blackouts or disruption of service has been known to happen. The same applies for water or other utilities. Please contact your local utility company directly in the advent of any disruption of service.
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- Make note: Austin Water’s 24-Hour Emergency Hotline can be reached at 512-972-1000, Option 1
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