How to Winterize Your Garden Hose Spigot
As winter approaches, homeowners need to make sure they’re prepared for the drop in temperature. That’s why in today’s video, we’re sharing a simple winterizing tip you can use to keep your home safe, dry, and warm as temperatures drop.
Today we’re talking about the importance of disconnecting your outdoor garden hoses and winterizing the spigots before things start to freeze. Leaving a hose connected can trap water inside the spigot, which could cause pipes to freeze and rupture. Making for a very cold, wet, and expensive cleanup.
Here’s a closer look at the proper way to winterize an outdoor spigot.
- Disconnect Hose – remove the hose from the spigot by using a wrench or giggling the hose back and forth to break the seal.
- Inspect Spigot – make sure the spigot doesn’t have any leaks or cracks. If leaks or cracks are found, you’re going to want to replace the spigot so it doesn’t cause damage later.
- Drain Spigot – remove all the water from the water supply line and secure the water source for winter. This means securing the interior hose shutoff valve and then removing any remaining water still left inside the spigot.
- Install Spigot Cover – install an outdoor spigot cover to add an extra layer of protection from the elements during winter.
If you have more than one garden hose connection, repeat the same process for the other spigots.
And that’s it. Taking a couple of minutes now to do it right will save you a lot of money and headaches later.
Do you have any helpful winterizing tips that you’d like to share? Please share in the comments below.