Here at VOGT Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we like to plan ahead. We want to make sure that spring of next year is a lot easier on you, which is why we encourage all homeowners to start thinking about winterizing their outdoor faucets in the fall.
Why do you have to worry about your outside faucets now?
In the spring, you could face a lot of issues if you don’t take action soon. When water is left behind in hoses and faucets, it freezes.
This might not seem like a big deal right now. After all, the ice will simply thaw out when the weather warms up again, right?
The problem is that water expands when it freezes. That means that it can expand inside of your water pipes and your faucets. And that causes the pipes to expand and contract with the freezing and thawing.
That leads to pipe breaks and broken faucets. Replacing these can cost a lot of money—but it’s minimal effort to drain your outdoor faucets now.
A few simple steps for winterizing your outdoor faucets
In order to make sure that your plumbing is prepared for the first freeze, here’s what you should do:
- Disconnect and drain hoses – Hoses and other attachments should be removed from outdoor faucets, drains of water, and put into storage (preferably in a warm place).
- Shut off the water – Locate the water shut-off valve that is dedicated to the outdoor faucet, which is likely inside of your home. Turn the valve in a clockwise direction to shut off the water.
- Drain the water – Shutting off the water is not the last step. There will be water left over in the faucet that must be completely drained. Draining the water is easy. Simply turn on the faucet and leave it on to get out every last drop.
In addition, you should take steps to insulate exposed pipes throughout the home that could be vulnerable to freezing.
For more information, call the friendly plumbers at VOGT Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, and contact us to schedule plumbing services in Golden Valley, MN.