If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it…well, a few times. Baltimore, Maryland is in for a winter “just as rough if not worse” than last years, according to WMAR-TV meteorologist Mike Masco. The meteorologist is predicting 28 to 35 inches of snowfall with as much as 50 inches in northern and western counties. So what does this mean for you? Preparation.
So far you have wrapped your pipes to prevent them from bursting, and you have cleaned your gutters (and addressed attic insulation) to prevent ice dams. So what are you missing? Have you winterized outdoor faucets?
Don’t Forget to Winterize Outdoor Faucets before Winter
Your outdoor faucets are particularly susceptible to freezing because it is, well, outside. Unlike indoor pipes that are shielded from the elements and at least partially from freezing cold temperatures, your outdoor faucet is vulnerable. Water trapped in your faucet can easily freeze, causing the pipe in the wall to burst, flooding the inside of your home.
Time Needed: 30 Minutes
Step 1) Locate Your Outside Faucet
How many outside faucets do you have? Make sure you locate each one.
Step 2) Locate Inside Shutoff Valves
There is a separate shutoff valve inside your home for each outside faucet. Inside valves will also have a small cap used for draining excess water from the pipe to the outside faucet.
Step 3) Turn off the Water
Turn the handles clockwise to turn off water to the outside.
Step 4) Drain Excess Water
Open the outside faucet to drain any excess water that may still be trapped inside. Simply turning the water off is not enough. Water trapped inside the faucet can still pose a serious threat if not allowed to drain properly.
Drain excess water inside by opening drain cap with pliers, holding a pail underneath to catch water.
Step 5) Insulated Covers
You can also purchase insulated covers for your outside faucets to further protect the pipes from freezing.
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