Winterizing Outdoor Frost-Free Faucets
If you have frost-free faucets, your home winterizing process is much easier. Frost-free faucets with hose bibs are a relatively new invention designed to prevent water from freezing in pipes during cold weather by removing water from freezing air. They require minimal maintenance from homeowners.
1. Turn off the frost-free faucet’s interior valve.
2. Remove the hose from the exterior valve.
3. Open the faucet to drain any remaining water.
4. Shut the faucet off.
There is no need to cover a frost-free faucet with insulation material or coverings.
If your home has older hose bibs, follow the above process but in addition, add an insulation covering (especially on walls facing the North). These can be picked up for a couple of bucks at your local hardware store.
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