Nothing causes more damage to your home than water being where it isn’t supposed to be. If water escapes out of the pipes in your home, it can ruin flooring, destroy sheetrock, and damage your insulation. If you are wondering how water can get into your home, the answer is simple. Many water problems in our New Jersey homes come from burst pipes. Burst pipes may be caused by frozen outdoor spigots. There are things you can to to prevent the outdoor faucets from freezing during the Winter season. Here are a few tips to help you winterize outdoor faucets.
Winterizing Outdoor Faucets
Put the Hose Away
You might keep a hose attached to your spigot because it is convenient. You can turn on your water without worrying about connecting a hose. Unfortunately, when the temperature drops your hose is a problem. When fall first hits, you can protect outdoor faucet from freezing by disconnecting the hose. Even if you have frost proof spigot, make certain your hose is put away. This will keep the water out and significantly reduce your chances of having pipes burst.
Drain and Dry
If your spigots are not resistant to cold temperatures, you are going to want to turn off the water supply to the spigot and let all the water drain out. If water is out of the pipes, you won’t have to worry about a freeze. If you are tired of spigot winterization, you can give Team Electric Plumbing & Air a call and we can replace them with freeze proof spigots.
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Another way to winterize your outdoor faucets is to purchase inexpensive hose bib covers from your local home and garden center. The covers are usually made out of a hardened Styrofoam. This allows the heat from your home to be trapped near the hose bib. If you have a crawl space you might want to add more protection under your home. You can add some heat tape to exposed pipes, or invest in additional insulation.
Take a Close Look
Hiring a professional plumber is an excellent way to protect your outdoor faucets from freezing, If you notice water dripping from your spigot, it is time for a repair. Even the slowest leak is a problem. When the escaping water hits cold winter air it freezes. As the ice builds up, it further cools your spigot and the water in the pipe behind it. When water freezes, it expands and your pipes burst.
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If you are having problems with the plumbing in your home, give us a call. We are even available for emergencies. You can count on us 24 hours a day 7 days a week. When you need a plumber, we are ready to help. Our team offers plumbing services such as sump pump repair, gas line installation, and drain cleaning. Our technicians are problem solvers and will be able to identify the issue and create a solution. If you are constantly battling slushy pipes and want a permanent solution, we are your answer. When you want the best plumber in New Jersey, give us a call.