Protect Your Home From Bursting Pipes: Shut Off Those Hose Bibs

Freezing temperatures are here. Have you disconnected your hose bib?

We’ve all heard the stories of plumbing pipes bursting and ruining ceilings, walls and furniture. The cost and energy to repair the damage can be huge. One way to prevent such calamity for your Loudoun County Home is to do some preventative winterizing now. A good place to start is with your hose bib. The following steps will take little time but could save you a lot of money and inconvenience.

What is a hose bib?

The hose bib is the faucet located on the outside of your house where the hose is fitted. You probably have more than one, both in the front and backyard. When the weather drops below freezing the water can freeze inside the tap and the pipes, causing damage and possible bursting.
Most people do not use their hoses in winter, anyway, so take a few extra steps today and prevent the trouble, and expense of dealing with water damage and broken pipes.

Here’s what you’ll need to do to prevent your hose bib from freezing:

1) Find the Cut Off Valve
Every home has a cut off valve for the pipes that bring water outside. This is usually located in the basement by the other plumbing pipes. If you have difficulty finding it, simply follow the pipes inside the house from the outside tap.

2) Turn Off the Valve
If you are fortunate, the valve for your hose bib(s) will be labeled. Simply turn off the valve that says “rear hose bib,” and “front hose bib,”—most homes have at least two. If it is not labeled follow the outside pipe(s) to the hose bib valve. Ensure that the valve is tightened and completely shut off. This will cut the valve off and prevent water from seeping into the pipes.

3) Remove the Hose
Locate your outdoor hose and unscrew it from the outside spigot. Make sure it is empty of water. While, this can be time consuming it will prevent the hose from freezing and bursting; thus avoiding the need for a replacement hose come spring in Loudoun County. Tip the water out of the hose in small sections, chasing it along as you empty the hose. Wrap up the hose and store it in a garage, shed or basement for the winter.

4) Drain the Hose Bib
Congrats. You’re almost there…You’ve shut off the water and removed the hose but guess what? There still may be water in the pipes that can freeze and burst. Prevent this by turning the tap of the spigot on and let the water run out. Continue until there is no more water draining from the spigot.

After this is complete take one more cautionary step: go back inside and take a look at the shut off valve as many have bleeding valves, which can be used to remove even more of the water from the pipes. Remove the small bleeding cap and place a bowl under it to get out every last drop of water.

And that’s a wrap! You are done and have protected your home from what could be serious water damage. When spring comes to Loudoun County again, and it always does, simply reconnect your hose, switch on the shut off valve and let the water flow…

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