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Friendly Reminder To Winterize Your Outdoor Faucet!

Hey gang,

Tis the season of cold weather and frozen pipes!

If you want to avoid an expensive mess, you’d best winterize your plumbing!

Outdoor Faucets

If you have an outdoor faucet, it’s important to winterize them! Otherwise, they may freeze, break, or even burst your pipes! If you want to avoid burst or frozen pipes, follow these steps:

Shut the Water Supply to the outdoor faucet

Shut The Water Supply To The Outdoor Faucet

There should be a valve on the water pipe that leads to your outdoor hose bib.
Disconnect and put away your hose

Disconnect And Put Away Your Hose

Lots of people skip this step, but I wouldn’t recommend skipping it. The right thing to do is disconnect the hose, drain it, roll it, and store it.
Open the faucet outside

Open The Faucet Outside

If water remains in the faucet and pipe, there’s a good chance the water will freeze. If the water freezes, it will expand. With nowhere to go, the expanding and freezing water will pressure your pipes which can lead to leaks or bursting. To avoid this, open the faucet and drain it.
Cover the outdoor faucet

Cover The Outdoor Faucet

You can buy an insulated outdoor faucet at most hardware stores. They’re inexpensive and easy to install.

Ensure Your Basement Blocked Out The Cold

If you don’t spend much time in your basement, you might not notice how cold it can get.

Many homeowners have cracked windows or other issues that allow cold air into the basement. If your basement gets too cold, your basement can freeze.

  1. Light an incense stick.

  2. Carefully and slowly move around the perimeter of your basement. If the smoke suddenly moves inward or is sucked out, then you have a draft.

  3. Seal the draft!

  4. If your basement ever gets dangerously cold, do something to protect the plumbing!

    1. Open faucets to let the water dribble out and keep the water moving. Moving water is unlikely to freeze.

    2. Set up a space heater in questionable areas.

    3. Turn up your furnace and set up fans throughout your home to move air.

    4. If your pipes are freezing, do anything to stop that. Use hair dryers, heated blankets, or anything else that can safely provide heat.

    5. Be prepared to shut off your water in a pinch if your pipes burst.

Call a Plumber When Your Pipes Are Frozen

If you’ve got frozen pipes, shut off your water and call a plumber!

Frozen pipes are not to be taken lightly. A burst pipe can cause thousands of dollars in damage.

Make sure that you’ve got a trusted plumber ready to give you fast, emergency plumbing service!

At John The Plumber, we’re your local emergency plumbing experts. We’re well-known for our fast, same-day service and our unmatched ability to solve plumbing emergencies when you need it.

When you need a plumber you can count on for fast, friendly plumbing services, you know who to call!

For a long list of our winter plumbing tips, click the link!