A lot of homeowners need to rush to take some time to keep frozen pipes from messing up their home. The smallest of cracks in the pipes can create incredible problems in the long run. The frozen water will bring a lot of expenses on your head, so you will need to make sure this never happens by properly winterizing your exterior water faucets. Take a few hours to make this happen and this will save you a lot of expenses and problems later down the line. The tips ahead will give you an idea how you can do that successfully:
Turn off your water faucets.
Turn off your water faucets as soon as possible to avoid rushing in the very last minute. This will save you a lot of headaches ahead.
Find your shut off valves turn them off.
Find your shut off valves for each of your water faucets and turn them off. In most cases these valves will be located inside the home to protect them from the elements, most likely near the inside pipes connecting outside.
Drain the valves.
Drain the inside valves completely. You will need to place a large bowl or a bucket underneath the drain plug on the side of the valves. Let the water drain and replace the drain plug when you’re done. This will allow you to avoid frozen pipes from leftover water inside them and deal with other plumbing issues.
Call professional plumbers to remove any hoses connected to your outside faucets and drain them as well.
Something else you can do to prevent frozen faucets from making a mess out of your plumbing pipe work is to look at what your home improvement stores can offer in terms of insulation for outside faucets. They will likely have covers made to fit and protect water spigots, hose bibs and other aspects that are made for this. Follow their instructions and install them to protect them from freezing water that could remain after you’re done draining the valves and pipes accordingly.
It will take but a small amount of money and plumbing efforts to winterize the faucets, so make sure you do so long before winter comes around. You do not want to deal with the aftermath of broken pipes when the ice melts or your water simply stops in the middle of winter, so act fast and get it done on time.
If however, despite your best intentions the water inside the faucets has frozen, then you will need to gently thaw them and see whether there are any cracks. You can do so with a hair dryer on high heat, or alternately by using a heat lamp situated close to the pipe, but never directly on it. Wrap an electric heating pad around the pipe or a space heater close to it if you don’t have any other options ready. Never use a blowtorch or any other open-flame tool on a frozen pipe or you may bring the water inside to a boil, creating a possible explosion in the process. We can safely bet the possibility of flying shards of metal or melted plastic plumbing pipes don’t sound good to anyone.