With the cold front approaching and a potential frost on the way, it’s time to retire your garden hose(s)! Every year it’s important to turn off your outdoor water supply lines correctly—however, if it’s done incorrectly, any water left in the supply line can freeze and expand causing the pipes to split. After a night of freezing temperatures, a cracked or burst pipe can ruin your day, but properly winterizing your outdoor plumbing can help prevent the hassle!
Follow these step-by-step tips to make sure your hose bib is prepared for winter:
1) Locate your hose bib’s shutoff valve inside your home
- This valve could possibly be located in the basement, crawl space or utility room
2) Shut off the indoor valve
- If you have more than one hose bib, each will have its own shutoff valve that will need to be closed
3) Detach all hoses from outdoor spigots
- Drain the hoses to remove as much water before storing
4) Keep hoses in heated garages or basements to protect them from damage caused by freezing temperatures
- Once you’ve removed the garden hoses, turn any outdoor faucets to the “on” position
- You will want to leave outdoor faucets open for the winter
Your hose bib is now prepared for winter!
Extra Tip: Invest in a Frost Proof Hose Bib
If you don’t want to worry about your hose bib cracking or freezing during the winter months, install a frost proof hose bib. This particular faucet prevents water from remaining in the unheated, unprotected end of the outdoor water supply line.