While a fire at home may seem like the biggest problem a homeowner can face, actually water does a lot more damage. Water problems can start small, go unnoticed and be very costly over time. Whether the roof, the crawl space or under the counters, water leaking where it should not is a hazard. Businesses that own their location should also check the outside faucets this time of year.
One of the main things you can do in the fall to protect your home from water damage is to unscrew the garden hoses and close your water shutoff valves. If you take the time to do this at the same time you get your sprinkler system blown out, you will avoid future leaks. Years ago, homeowners shut off the water to all pipes to the outside and drained the lines.
In newer houses, the hose bibb is probably an “anti-siphon, frost free silcock.” This means this fixture has a rod running back from the faucet on the outside to a valve. This holds the water back from the section closest to the outside wall. This prevents water running to outside faucets where any water in the pipe can freeze. The ice expands, and can split pipes at the joints or other weak spots causing leaks. If the leak is far enough inside the wall, it will go unnoticed.
The procedure to winterize your hose bibb or sillcock:
1. Remove any hose or water device from the hose bibb or sillcock
2. Close your water shutoff valves for each hose bibb or sillcock. (Don’t have any shutoff valves? Get them installed)
3. Open the hose bib to allow any remaining water to drain.
4. Close the hose bib.
That’s it! Now you shouldn’t have to worry about a failed hose bibb or sillcock causing a leak in your home this winter.
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