As the autumn leaves begin to fall, so does the temperature (brr!). And freezing winter temperatures means it’s time to break out your over-sized sweaters and begin prepping your home. First things first, winterizing your outdoor faucets. Because freezing water inside your outdoor pipes can do damage inside your home as well.
How To Winterize Your Outdoor Faucets
Outdoor Faucets – Disconnect any hoses, drain them, and remove splitters or any other items off them. The last step is to store them wherever possible until the springtime.
Shut-off Valves – Every faucet should have an exterior faucet shut-off valve inside your home. Locate all valves and shut the water off in a clockwise direction.
Drain Exterior Faucets – Turn on all faucets to drain any water left in them. If you notice water continuously flowing, check the valve to make sure it’s completely off. *Leave the faucet handle turned on throughout the winter.
Add Protection – To protect your home and your plumbing system even further during the winter, insulate your pipes! You can even add a faucet cover to your outdoor faucets to give extra protection.
Another option for homeowners is to install freeze-proof faucets. They’re specifically designed to have water automatically go to the shut-off valve once the faucet is turned off.
For more tips on how to winterize your outdoor faucets, or for other home improvement/comfort tricks, contact Blue Mountain Plumbing, Heating and Cooling. With us, your comfort is our number one priority. So if you need an experienced plumber in Harrisonburg, Waynesboro, and Staunton, choose Blue Mountain Plumbing, Heating and Cooling! Visit our website or Call (540) 942-2700 to schedule a service or repair.