How to Winterize Outdoor Spigots

By: Kameron Hensley

Avoid major headaches (and repair bills) with one very affordable exterior update.

In the midwest, the cold begins creeping in around this time of year. Nights and early mornings have potential to dip into the 30 degree range and if you aren’t careful this can damage your plumbing without warning. In order to minimize the damage from cold weather, a little preventive winterization is essential. This means protecting your system against the freezing that can expand the water and rupture pipes.

Winterizing is the process of preparing a plumbing system to handle sub-freezing temperatures. This is typically done by removing any water that could be exposed to these temperatures from the plumbing system. In a modern frost free hose spigot (video below), the water drains on its own. An older hose spigot would need to be manually drained in the basement. We tried our best to find an older model outdoor faucet to show you in the video, but it seems that modern plumbing in Ohio has taken over!

One of the first and easiest starting points is winterizing your outdoor faucets (hose spigots), or using frost free spigots. 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! Check out our Youtube video to see how they work.


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