Protect your pipes this fall and take the time to disconnect and turn off the water connection to your hose bib(s) outside. Taking a few minutes to do this can help prevent costly errors and expenses down the road. It may feel warm out now, but chilly weather is just around the corner.
When temperatures outside drop, water can expand and freeze in pipes, which puts a lot of stress on pipes that contain it. This usually happens to outdoor hose bibs and water supply pipes in unheated areas like basements and garages.
There are only a few easy steps to making sure your outdoor spigot is ready for cool 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 that can add up!
- Now you can turn off the water supply to your outdoor spigots.
- 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 to avoid frozen pipes which can burst and cause significant damage.