It’s the latest Texas-themed hack for cold weather. And it involves Whataburger’s large foam cups.
Houston TV reporter Matthew Seedorff posted a TikTok Wednesday that showed him putting a Whataburger cup over an outdoor spigot to insulate it. The cup was held on by a string.
Does it work?
“It’s better than nothing,” said Phil Crone, executive officer of the Dallas Builders Association. “If you don’t have one of those regular faucet covers, you actually could make a Whataburger cup work, stuff it with old rags or something else, and get some insulation in there.”
Homeowners are preparing for an Arctic cold front to sweep into North Texas this week. Temperatures are expected to plunge into the single digits.
The National Weather Service issued a wind chill watch for Thursday morning through Friday morning for all of North Texas. The NWS warned that wind chills as low as minus-15 degrees are possible in the coming days.
“It’s going to be incredibly cold,” said Allison Prater, an NWS meteorologist.
To prevent thousands of dollars of damage to outdoor spigots, precautions are easy to follow — just cover and keep them warm. Homeowners can also head to their local hardware store and buy a manufactured spigot cover. They range from $3 to $17.
Depending on what comes in the cup (soft drink or shake), expect to pay from $2.19 to $3.29. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a Whataburger cup, but make sure it’s can hold 32 ounces.
How exactly does a simple foam cup fend off those chills?
Whether it’s a store-bought foam spigot cover or a DIY one, Crone said the key is to block any moisture and make sure good insulation protects the hose bib. Rags can be added for more insulation.
In Seedorff’s Twitter response, he suggested insulating the cup with a Buc-ee’s shirt for additional warmth, effectively doubling down on the Texas factor.
“It’s going to be more Texas, and more effective, so we can recommend that,” Crone said.