It’s the time of year to start getting our homes ready for winter, and don’t forget to winterize your outside faucets! Many people don’t think much about these areas, but if you tend to leave your hose attached, and don’t button up this area of your plumbing, you are setting yourself up for trouble. This seems like a small item on a home’s to-do list, but left unattended, an outdoor water faucet left on during the winter can cause a frozen water back-up and freeze your pipes inside. And we know THAT is not a small issue!
First and foremost, disconnect your garden hoses, or anything connected directly into your outdoor spigots. When you leave a hose attached, you are trapping water within the faucet plumbing and indoor copper pipes. This water will freeze during the winter, and with no place to escape, will cause a breach in your plumbing somewhere to relieve the pressure.
There are also frost-proof faucet fixtures, and important faucet installation guidelines, that I would be happy to give you more information about.