Winters in the Midwest are both long and cold, and as most locals will tell you, preparation is everything. Are you prepared for the snowy, chilly months ahead? It seems that no matter how much you prepare, there will always be something you forget. For many homeowners, that forgotten item happens to be outdoor spigots (or hose bibs). This is the exterior water tap to which you connect your hoses – some homes have more than one. Frozen spigots can actually cause much bigger issues than you may think. With that in mind, here are some tips for preventing this issue before it occurs.
Preventing Frozen Spigots on the Exterior of Your Home
Neglecting to drain your outside spigots before winter can result in costly damage. That damage can even span to include interior pipes, pool pumps, and other fixtures. Fortunately, it only takes a few minutes to keep your spigots safe from freezing temps.
Locate your spigots and drain them.
All you need to do is disconnect your hose, then turn off the shutoff valve nearest to the spigot. Once you’re sure the water is turned off, go back outside and turn the spigot on. Any remaining water should drain, and it will eventually run dry. Once you are sure it’s fully drained, place an exterior cover on the hose bib, and you’re good to go!
Emergency Plumbing Service for Frozen Pipes and Spigots
At Tritan Plumbing, we understand the urgency of a frozen pipe or fixture in a home. If you need help winterizing your home’s plumbing or you are in the midst of a plumbing emergency due to a frozen pipe, give us a call. You can count on the team at Tritan Plumbing to respond to your calls for help quickly and with unrivaled 5-star customer service.
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