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How to Protect Outdoor Faucets from Freezing

How to Protect Outdoor Faucets from Freezing

As temperatures dip below 32 degrees, the water inside your pipes are at risk of freezing. If you want to avoid burst pipes and other plumbing issues, it’s important to properly winterize your plumbing system, both indoors and outside. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Ohio Valley, we proudly provide high quality residential and commercial services for local Ohio Valley area clients. From routine inspections and drain cleanings to sewer line replacements, our team of local certified plumbers are always ready to help. Are you unsure how to prevent your pipes from freezing? Here are a few tips on how you can protect your outdoor faucets this winter season. 

Why Should Property Owners Winterize Outdoor Faucets?
Anytime water is exposed to freezing temperatures, there is a chance that it will solidify. As the ice forms and melts inside your pipes, air pressure can begin to build up, causing burst pipes and indoor flooding. Thanks to your heating system, the pipes and fixtures inside your home are often well insulated against the cold weather. However, since your outdoor faucets are exposed to the elements, failure to properly winterize them can create problems for your plumbing system.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
If you want to avoid these issues, it’s best to prepare your outdoor faucets in the following manner. Be sure to remove all garden hoses from the faucets and store them inside. Turn off the water supply valve that feeds your outdoor faucet. Thoroughly drain out any water that may be left inside the faucet and pipe. Once you’re sure all water has been removed, then install a foam faucet cover and secure in place. It’s also a good idea to insulate the pipes that are connected to the outdoor faucet or consider installing freeze proof or frost-free faucets. 

What to Do If You Find Out Your Pipes Are Frozen? 
Are you concerned that frozen water has already formed inside your pipes? Shut off the water supply to your home immediately. Open a faucet that is connected to the frozen pipe to release air pressure. Then, you’ll have to allow the ice inside the pipe to melt. You can turn up the thermostat, bring in an infrared heating lamp, use a portable electric space heater or even a hair dryer to assist in thawing the frozen water. Never use an open flame, propane heater, charcoal stove or other item that could cause a fire hazard. If you run into issues or are concerned about the safety of your plumbing system, call a professional plumber. They will have the equipment and experience needed to find the specific area where the frozen pipe is located and safely thaw the ice. They can also repair pipe damage or replace burst pipes and get your plumbing system back in working order quickly and affordably. 

Do You Need Help Winterizing Your Plumbing System? Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing Today
Did you neglect to winterize your indoor and outdoor pipes before winter set in? Are you suffering from an emergency plumbing problem due to frozen pipes? Get the help you need by calling the team at Mr. Rooter Plumbing in Ohio Valley. Our certified, licensed and insured plumbers have the training and specialized tools needed to get the job done fast and accurately. Contact our office for more information about our wide range of commercial and residential plumbing services or to schedule an appointment with an experienced plumber in Ohio Valley.