How to Winterize Outdoor Faucets & Prevent Your Pipes Freezing
If you live where temperatures easily drop below freezing, it’s important to winterize your plumbing.
You may know how to do this indoors, but outdoors may seem harder.
This article will let you know how exactly to winterize the faucets outside your house.
Winterizing your faucets will protect against the damage that water freezing inside them can cause. This means less money spent on repairs and that’s always a good thing.
To winterize your faucets, follow these steps:
- Remove hoses and other attachments.
- Empty the faucets of any water by turning off the valve for these faucets and leaving them open.
- Install faucet covers to insulate
However, there’s plenty more detail. Ready? Then let’s dive in.
How to Winterize Outdoor Faucets
To winterize your outdoor faucets, you simply need about ten minutes and some things that a few dollars can buy:
- Insulated faucet covers
- Frost-free faucets (optional)
Step 1: Remove all faucet attachments
You should remove anything attached to these outdoor faucets before you start. They can contain water which may freeze. This means hoses and things like that. Drain any water that may be trapped in these too.
Step 2: Ensure no leaks
Make sure none of the faucets are leaking. If any are, you should fix or change them before moving on. A leak means that water still enters the pipe. This water can freeze and burst the pipe. That can flood the house and cost a lot to repair.
Step 3: Drain the water in the faucet and its pipes
Once the faucets are free of any attachments, you need to empty out the faucet and its pipes. You need to locate the shutoff valve for that faucet, which should be somewhere in the house. Shut it off once you find it.
If you have a frost-free faucet, the water will flow out of the faucet by itself at this point. If your faucet is the regular kind, go outside and open it fully. This will let trapped water come out. You can leave it open for some hours.
Step 4: Install frost-free faucets (optional)
If you don’t have a frost-free faucet, you can choose to install one at this point. This step needs quite a bit of hands-on work, including metal cutting and soldering. We won’t be covering that process right now but this is the point to get it done if you want to.
Step 5: Install the faucet covers
This is last step to protect your spigot during winter. They are simple to install and should take you no longer than a minute or two. They will keep the faucet safe from the freezing cold and prevent any leftover water from freezing.
Is it okay to leave a garden hose outside in winter?
It is perfectly okay to leave a hose outside during the winter. Of course, only if you’ve done one thing before. You must drain all the water in it! That’s all! Once you have done that, you are good to go!
If you leave water in it, it can freeze and ruin the hose. You don’t need that stress. Just take the few minutes it takes to drain it!
How does a frost-free faucet work?
A frost-free faucet looks almost the same as a regular faucet from the outside, but the inside is much different.
There is a long pipe at the back end of a frost-free faucet that goes deeper into the house than a regular faucet. The valve for the faucet is at the end of this pipe, instead of beneath the handle in a regular one.
When the faucet gets closed, the valve shuts the water off from deeper in. Instead of reaching the tip of the faucet, the water waiting to come out is inside the house. It is warmer there, so it is less likely to freeze. The faucet also fits facing the ground with a small tilt. This lets the water left in the pipe roll right out.
You should winterize your outdoor faucets before the cold comes around. This is easy to do and with just a few dollars and a few minutes, you’ll be safe from the cold. Winterizing your outdoor faucets means you are protecting your pipes from breaking and flooding your walls and house. This can cause damage that is expensive to repair.
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