Cold weather can be rough on your plumbing. Whether it’s indoor or outdoor faucets, you need to prepare your plumbing for freezing temperatures. Freezing damage from exposed outdoor faucets can extend far into the home. Pipe ruptures usually occur inside the walls, not at the faucet and can cause serious structural damage. You need to prepare your outdoor faucets for winter to avoid hundreds of gallons of water pouring into the walls of your home.
This warning also applies to other outdoor plumbing fixtures as well. The information provided in this blog will focus on outdoor faucets, but it is also applicable to other outdoor fixtures.
Locate and Drain Fixtures
The first step is to locate all outdoor fixtures. You need to be aware of where all your outdoor fixtures are located and where they feed into your house. Make sure you note where all external attachment points are located. Once you’ve located all outdoor faucets, ensure there are no hoses still attached. Any pipes, hoses, or attachments to outdoor faucets can contain water and potentially freeze and burst during cold weather.