Outside Water Faucet

Old 11-27-10, 09:27 AM
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Question Outside Water Faucet

I have a situation where the outside water faucet does not have a shutoff on the inside. This is in a cold weather area and pipes freeze. So far the pipe has not broken. My friend says it is not necessary to shut off the water because it will not break the pipe as long as there is unfrozen water inside that will relieve the pressure of freezing. So far this has worked. Does this make sense?
Old 11-27-10, 10:42 AM
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I can tell you that some years ago, I had a house with a water line that ran from a heated area through an unheated garage and back to another heated area. The pipe froze and split. Fortunatly the garage had a floor drain.
If you don't want to replace the faucet with a frost free model, I would recommend that you install an inside shut off with a bleeder. Then you can shut off the line, open the outside valve and the bleeder which allows the water to drain from the faucet, and relax.

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