Turning Off Outside Water Faucets for Winter


Old 11-08-14, 06:58 AM
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Turning Off Outside Water Faucets for Winter


New homeowner here! I'm trying to figure out how to turn off the outside water for the winter and drain the pipes. The videos online demonstrate that you would shut off the inside valve and then drain the valve. However, my pipe does not seem to have a drain connected to the valve. Please see the picture attached.

I don't think I have frost free. At least, the spigot is not frost free.

Also, there are two spigots on either side of the home. I have a finished basement with drop ceiling and cant seem to find where the other valve is. Is the a chance the both spigots would use the same valve to turn the water on/off?

The home was built in 2009 if that helps.


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Old 11-08-14, 07:13 AM
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Though the shutoff should have a drain screw, I don't think it's a huge deal if it doesn't. You'll want to turn off the water and open the spigot outside. Opening the spigot will allow some of the water to drain out, and allow some expansion if some of the remaining water does freeze.

It's very unlikely that one shutoff controls both spigots. Is the kitchen nearby? It's sometimes hidden under the kitchen sink.
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Very easy to determine if the one inside shutoff controls both outside faucets, turn off the inside valve and then open the outside faucets. If the water just dribbles from each then the inside valve controls both. I only one outside faucet is shut off then you know that the one that still flows full force is not controlled by the inside valve you found.

Once you get the water shut off from the inside leave the outside faucets open until you put them back in service in the spring.
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And make sure you don't leave any hoses connected to the spigots outside. Leave the spigots open and with nothing connected so they can drain like Furd mentioned.
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With the home I moved into a couple years ago there is a nut to drain the pipe inside which is rusted shut and doesn't appear to ever have been moved. Before the polar vortex with all the record temps hit last year I simply removed the hose, shut off the inside valve, and left the spigot open to let what was in there drain. They should be sloped so enough of the water should evacuate to prevent freezing just by doing that. It is when the pipe is so full of water that it has nowhere to expand to when it becomes ice that it becomes a problem.
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Excellent point, Pilot, thanks for catching it.

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