It’s hard to tell right now if we are going to have more freezing weather or not. So it may be a little early to turn on your outside faucets, also known as a sillcock. If you really feel the need to turn them on now, there are some things to think about.
First you want to take some precautionary measures to assure you don’t have any breaks in your pipes from a possible freeze over the winter. These kind of leaks can be very subtle and cause a lot of behind the wall damage before they are even noticeable. A few minutes of your time to test can possibly stop a very costly problem later.
The easiest way to test it is to put a spray nozzle turned to the off position on your hose attached to the sillcock. Then turn the water on and listen for the water to run inside your basement or inside your house near where the sillcock is. The water flow should run momentarily and then stop. If you continue to hear the water running, you could have a leak. Or, if you see that it is dripping on the outside of your house, you might want to get it repaired or replaced. This can not only save water but also ensure that it doesn’t run into the inside of your walls of your house, which you might not notice until it’s a real flood.
If the weather drops down below freezing in the overnight hours, you may want to drain your line for a few days. This is proactive in preventing any frozen pipes. Frostproof does not mean it will not freeze, if not taken care of properly.
Another important thing is that you really want to have easy turn, easily accessible shutoffs to the outside line, inside your house. This way, if there is a break in your pipe, you can easily get the water turned off to that particular area. Turning the shut off off when the temperatures are freezing , can also help reduce the possibility of frozen pipes.
Spring is here and summer is not far behind!!