How to Drain an Outdoor Faucet

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Draining an outdoor faucet becomes a matter of necessity, especially with the onset of winter. This is especially necessary to avoid the excessive costs that will be incurred as a result of water freeze and pipe damage. The worst of the ensuing scenarios will be unavoidable repairs or replacement of water pipes, faucets and even repairs to the house foundation itself.

Running into huge water bills is another matter of added concern. To avoid the unavoidable, it will be worthwhile to exercise great caution in draining away your outdoor faucet. This can be done in a series of simple, easy-to-do steps.

Step 1 - Basement Valves off

It is standard practice to fit separate shut-off valves with outside faucets, usually in the basement. Locate the shut-off valve and turn it off.

Step2 - Drain Pipe

Go outside and turn the outside faucet on, to drain water from the pipe.

Step 3 - Open the Drain Plug

Leave the faucet in the on position while you go into the basement again and locate a small cap or drain plug on the shut-off valve. Open that small cap or drain plug by turning it counterclockwise.

Step 4 - Finishing Up

Make sure that water has been drained out and close the plug or cap. Go outside and close the faucet.