One of the worst things a homeowner can hear is “frozen pipes.” Now that fall is here, with winter not far behind, it’s time to prepare plumbing for freezing temperatures, before they get here.
Homeowners often forget about the outside faucet (or bib). It’s important to disconnect your bib (even freeze-proof ones) from hoses and other connections before the temperature drops to freezing.Your hose has water in it, and if left attached, can cause your pipes to freeze and burst. Even one night below freezing can freeze pipes, according to lifestyle site The Spruce. So remove and drain your hoses and store them for the winter. If you’re lucky and your property slopes away from the house, simply disconnect your sprayer, if one is attached, and let the hose run down the slope, draining naturally, advises Porch.com.
If your house has an interior shut-off valve for each outside faucet, shut them off, then put a bucket under the drain cap, open the cap and drain the water out. Then go outside and turn on the faucet (bib) until all the water runs out. Next, turn off the outside faucet and close the drain cap inside the house, says Porch.com.
It’s also important to fix or replace any bibs that are leaking, especially if you don’t have an internal shut-off valve. Left alone, the dripping water can also freeze your pipes.
Finally, insulate your outside bibs with a hose bib cover, and again, even if it’s a frost-free one. They are inexpensive and reusable, notes The Spruce. If you have exposed pipes outside, wrap them with insulation tubes. If you live in an area that gets extremely cold, a professional plumber would likely recommend having an internal shut off valve installed, suggests, Porch.com.
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