Preventing Pipes from Freezing

Preventing your pipes from freezing when the temperatures dip below freezing is one of the most useful tips for dealing with winter. Frozen and busted pipes can cause expensive repairs and a mess of a flood to clean up. It can be especially difficult here in Texas, because we often don’t even think about the freezing weather until it’s too late. Sometimes, we just aren’t prepared enough for all that winter brings, because it is usually so short and/or sporadic.

Be prepared. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and use the following tips for indoor and outdoor pipes to prevent freezing.

Preventing Pipes from Freezing


Pour about .5 cup of salt in your drains before bed.


Leaving the faucets on and dripping is one of the most common and most effective ways to prevent freezing. As long as the temps are below freezing, if you have a pipe that is likely to freeze, keep the water dripping.

Heat the Space

An electric space heater can be especially helpful if you have cold rooms where the pipes are on an exterior wall. Basements, laundry rooms, and some bathrooms do well with an addition of a space heater. *Bonus, the room is now nice and cozy when you need it.


Foam insulation tubes definitely come in handy, as well as the foam faucet covers. Stock up when it’s NOT cold, because the stores are always out when you need them. If you forgot, newspaper, plastic wrap, or trash bags can be taped on as well.

Heat the Pipes

If you have a particularly stubborn pipe, you can keep it heated by applying heat tape or heat cords. You’ll need to be able to plug those in, so pick up an extension cord if needed. This type of precaution is usually not necessary here, as it rarely gets that cold. But if you do have pipes that have frozen multiple times, this may be worth the investment.

Restoring Wood Floors

Restoring wood floors can be tricky. If you aren’t sure what you are doing, make sure you do research before trying to do something yourself. If the task is just too much, its best to hire a professional with experience in the industry. If you are going to try restoring wood floors in your home without a professional, there are some amazing tips below that will make your task easier.

Is Restoring Wood Floors Even Necessary?

It is possible that your floors may only need a good clean depending on past maintenance and what type of seal is on your floor. First you should try sweeping with a microfiber dust mop or the like. Make sure that you get all the edges and corners. If any food or dirt is left behind, it will make the floor look dingy when you mop. You can also use a hard floor vacuum intended for use on hard wood flooring. Make sure that you do not use a vacuum with brushes that will scratch the floor.

After the floor is swept or vacuumed well, it time to mop. Depending on your floor sealant, you can mop with a cleaner like Murphy’s Oil Soap or Bona. Make sure that you measure the chemical as stated in the instructions on the back of the bottle. Also be sure that you use a well wrung out mop. Never soak a wood floor with water. Always use a clean mop. Using a dirty or smelly mop will not give you the results that you are looking for.

When Restoring Wood Floors Is Mandatory

Q: My oak floors are covered in scratches. Do I have to sand down to bare wood to get rid of them?
—Susan Bankhead, Meridian, Idaho

A: Steve Dubuque of Hunt Hardwood Floors replies: Not necessarily. If the scratches don’t go all the way through to the wood, you can scuff-sand your floors with a buffer and apply a fresh coat or two of finish. The process is easier and less expensive than sanding down to bare wood and takes less time. In a few hours your floors will look as good as new.

The job requires using a buffer, which you can rent at a home center, and a vacuum to suck up dust. If you’ve never used a buffer before, practice in the middle of the room until you get a feel for how to maneuver it.

Once the finish is roughed up, I put on a water-based polyurethane, which can be recoated in 3 hours. Oil-based polys are cheaper, but each coat takes about 8 hours to dry. With either finish, I recommend a fresh coat every two years or whenever the floor looks worn. Stick to that routine and your floors will never wear out.


Restoring wood floors can be frustrating, but oh so worth it in the end if you know what you are doing. If you are tired of your floor looking dull, first call a cleaning professional. They may know how to clean it better than you do. If that doesn’t work, call a professional that is skilled at restoring wood floors.

Meals on Wheels

Pit to Palace Cleaning is partnered with Meals on Wheels to provide Free cleaning services to elderly and disabled clients in need who can no longer physically clean their own homes or are in serious need of a cleaning service. The reason that we are so dedicated to working with Meals on Wheels is because we have the same mission.

Meals on Wheels Purpose

The mission of Meals On Wheels is to make the difference in the lives of many. They do this in several ways including helping to feed the hungry, helping to break the isolation of many lonely days, helping people to live independently in their own homes, helping people to maintain their dignity, helping families to better care for their loved ones, helping to prevent premature nursing home placements, helping our Johnson and Ellis County communities to foster the positive community spirit of people helping people, and helping to improve the overall quality of life.

According to the Meals on Wheels website, “Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties is a community-based, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves needy elderly and disabled persons throughout Johnson and Ellis Counties. Founded in 1977, the organization currently serves a total  of 2,400 elderly and disabled persons per year in a two-county service area that covers over 1,700 square miles.

Our Purpose

The mission of Pit to Palace Cleaning is simply to serve the people of the community with an attitude of excellence and a sense of reliability making a difference in the lives of those we encounter. While we are a cleaning company and our services are a little different from Meals on Wheels, both missions are to make a difference in people’s lives.

How you can help?

The most valuable way that you can help this cause is to bring awareness to the public. Many elderly and disabled are suffering and do not know that there is an organization available to help them. There are many ways that you can spread awareness of Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties. You can post things on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Stumble Upon. You can also like the Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties Facebook Page and share their posts with your friends. Tell your friends and family members!

You can also volunteer your time delivering meals. Usually this only takes one hour of your time to deliver one route. You don’t have to volunteer every day but each day makes a difference in the lives of our elderly and disabled. If you are interested in volunteering your time to make a difference, visit this Volunteer Link for more information.

You can also volunteer at fundraising events. In addition to cleaning houses for free, our Pit to Palace Cleaning staff volunteers to work the fundraising events that help Meals on Wheels with the funding that they need to keep help our community.

If you feel encouraged to give financially, the non-profit does accept donations. You can visit their Donations page of the website for more information.

Are you or someone you know elderly or disabled?

If you are someone or know someone who is elderly or disabled and can no longer cook meals or clean, know that there is help available for you. At Pit to Palace Cleaning, we are very passionate about helping people in need. That is why we have partnered with Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties to bring the residents of Johnson county some relief. We are able to help people in need in Burleson, Rendon, Crowley, Joshua, Godley, Cleburne, Keene, Alvarado, Venus, Lillian, and more.