Now is the time of year to start thinking about protecting your pipes from changing temperatures. Fall is a great time to disconnect and turn off the water connection to your hose bib(s) outside.
When temperatures drop outside, water can often expand and freeze in pipes. This can put a lot of stress on pipes and can result in a burst or cracked pipe. Typically, this affects outdoor hose bibs and water supply pipes in unheated areas like basements and garages.
Taking a few minutes to do this now can help prevent costly errors and expenses down the road. It may not be freezing now, but chilly weather is just around the corner.
Here are a few easy steps to make sure your outdoor spigot is ready for the cooler temperatures:
- Remove your garden hose(s) from the outdoor spigot(s).
- Remove any knots or kinks and completely drain all of the water out of your hose for proper storage.
- This is a good time to inspect for leaks.
- Turn off the water supply to your outdoor spigots. (This is typically inside your home. If you aren't sure where your home's water supply is located, ask a neighbor!)
- Don't forget to "turn on" your faucets outside to drain any remaining water before turning off again.
Remember to do this every fall once the weather turns cooler to avoid frozen pipes which can burst and cause significant damage.