Wow! I never thought I would be writing so many contingency plans for home maintenance for Snow in Texas, but alas, here we are.
Humans are incredibly resilient creatures – and in tough times our endurance is tested, but not broken. Lots of Texans have been without power this week, but I’d like to focus on the next phase of this ongoing weather problem: your water source. As if a global pandemic and sub-freezing temperatures with no indoor heating wasn’t enough?! First we should consider why this is happening, and for some this may be obvious, however a lot of us are enduring our first major freeze as homeowners, and it’s important to understand what next steps will be taken and why: https://www.kvue.com/article/weather/austin-texas-power-outage-pipes-protection-tips/269-af02c419-4c91-4033-a5de-1c4d342813f4.
Now that we know what’s next to come in this snowstorm, here are a few tips and tricks for on how to prepare for losing your water service: https://www.familyhandyman.com/list/no-water-now-what-27-tips-to-prepare-for-a-water-outage/. This article outlines things like storing water in air-tight containers to protect it’s potability; or reminding us to use that hand-sanitizer we’ve all been stocking up on all year, instead of using the little water you have to clean your hands; there are also rainwater collection systems (or in this case, snow-water collection) that you can employ to trap any extra water that falls from your rooftop which can be really helpful if your water is off for days at a time. Keep in mind you may still need to boil your water before consuming, even if storing in an air-tight and UV-light protected casing. If you don’t want to invest in an expensive rainwater catchment system, don’t! Instead, you can put bottles/bowls beneath your roof-line (or beneath your gutter drainage system if you have one) in order to collect water for later usage; or, if you’re feeling really industrious, plug your bathtub and add snow – once it melts, you can boil some of it to take a bath or wash your hands (I would not recommend drinking it).