The warm weather won’t be here much longer, so it’s important to get those outdoor chores out of the way before the cold weather arrives. One thing you’ll definitely want to do in preparation for the colder weather is to unhook any outdoor hoses to avoid freezing later. Phillips Repair Service, a team of plumbers in Northern Kentucky who know a thing or two when it comes to emergency plumbing and pipe repair, offers homeowners these tips to avoid outdoor pipes freezing this winter:
- Remove Hoses From Spigot: Unscrew your garden hose from the spigot and drain out the remaining water—don’t forget to loosen any kinks in the hose first. Then wind up the hose neatly and store it in a room that is warm—a garage is likely too cold to store hoses.
- Drain The Pipes: First, turn off the water supply. Then, open up the outside faucet and unscrew the bleeder cap to allow for any remaining water to drain out. Phillips Repair Service advises you to keep a bucket handy just in case there’s a lot of drainage—you can always toss the water onto a flowerbed or grassy area so you don't waste it. When you are sure the pipe is drained, screw the bleeder cap back on and turn off the faucet.
- Install A Frost-free Bibb: It always helps to have a backup, particularly when it comes to your pipes. If you want real peace of mind this winter, install a frost-free bibb, or better yet, hire the plumbers at Phillips Repair Service to do it for you.
For all of your plumbing repair needs, contact Phillips Repair Service at (859) 802-2300, or visit their website for more information about pipe repair and emergency plumbing.