Locate All Pipes and Lines Outside
Check all areas of the house for these spigots. If you have a garden, shed, or other outbuilding, check these locations for water access points as well.
How to Minimize Freezing Pipes
- When possible, turn off the water source to those areas. Inside your home, there may be a water line running in your basement ceiling out to these areas. Locate the shut-off valve. Use it to turn off the water access to those pipes.
- If not possible, ensure there is absolutely no leak in these pipes. If so, replace the nozzle and handles. The key is to ensure no water can get out of these pipes.
- Do what you can to prevent water from freezing in the lines. In the event of freezes, many professionals recommend that you let the faucets drip. Moving water is harder to freeze. Therefore, if it moves through the pipe, it reduces the risk of expansion and bursts.
- Remove all hoses. You do not want to allow water to remain in the hose. Disconnect them, wrap them up, and store them.
- Consider wrapping exposed pipes to increase insulation.