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3 Tips on Winterizing Outdoor Plumbing December 6, 2018

Long Island City, Queens
3 Tips on Winterizing Outdoor Plumbing, Queens, New York

Now that cold weather is finally here, you want to take steps to ensure your outdoor plumbing is properly winterized. Doing so will prevent damage to your fixtures and burst pipes, which can result in inconvenience and the need for expensive repairs. The following are just a few steps you can take to ensure your outdoor fixtures last one winter to the next.

How to Protect Your Outdoor Plumbing Fixtures This Winter

1. Disconnect Hoses

Water can get trapped between hoses and outdoor faucets. Disconnect these fixtures, even if they’re purportedly freeze-proof. You also want to disconnect any splitters that are still attached for the same reason. When disconnecting hoses, try to do so well before the first hard freeze, which means temperatures below 25 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Drain Pipes

PlumbingLocate faucet valves and shut them off before cold weather hits. Once the valve is off, turn on the exterior faucet to drain any remaining water. Water left in pipes will freeze and expand, which can cause extensive damage to the interior plumbing.

3. Insulate Exterior Plumbing

Outdoor pipes are prone to freezing, which can disrupt the supply of water in your home. Cover these pipes with insulating materials, such as sleeves that help keep piping warm even in low temperatures. You can also cover faucets with an insulated covering to prevent them from being affected by snow and ice.  


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