How Do I Winterize My Outside Faucet?

Do you leave outdoor faucet open winter?

An outdoor water faucet is especially vulnerable to the cold, so it’s extremely important to prep your water faucets for the winter.

The heat from your home that is transmitted through the pipes most likely won’t be enough to protect your outdoor faucet..

What do I do if my outside faucet is frozen?

Open the faucet outdoors. Use a hair dryer to unthaw the faucet and pipe leading to the faucet. Do not stand in water when you perform this type of thawing. Start thawing the pipe at the open faucet and work your way back over the pipe until you have no more ice in the pipe.

When should you cover outdoor faucets?

Your outdoor faucets are now protected for the winter, and it’s unlikely either the faucets or the pipes running into the house will freeze or rupture. At the end of winter, remove the faucet covers and store them for use the following winter. They can usually be used for several years before replacing them.

At what temperature do you need to cover outdoor faucets?

In Sub-Freezing Weather Drip outside faucets 24 hours a day (5 drops per minute). This is not necessary unless temperatures are expected to be 28 degrees or below for at least 4 hours. (Be sure to turn off the faucets after the threat of freezing weather.)

What do you cover outdoor faucets with?

By covering your outdoor faucet you can prevent this common winter problem. Some people use just a towel and wrap it around the outdoor faucet to keep them warm, but we recommend that you buy a cheap and easy to install foam cover.

How do you insulate outdoor faucets?

The best option is to purchase a foam insulation cover to place over the outdoor faucet and exposed plumbing pipe. This foam piece has insulation on the inside that will surround and protect your outdoor faucet from the frigid temperatures of winter.

Can a frost free spigot freeze?

It does this through means of a long valve stem that reaches inside the home where it remains warm, and a self-draining design that prevents water from collecting in the faucet, where it can freeze. Despite this, it is possible for a frost-free faucet to freeze and rupture in extreme cold.

How do you winterize a frost free faucet?

Frost free spigots self winterize, as long as you disconnect the hose! When it starts to get cooler in the fall, don’t forget to detach your garden hose or walk the water out to drain it completely. Any water left in the faucet or hose will freeze and could potentially cause you problems in the winter!