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Even though most of our modern homes are equipped with outdoor faucets that are frost-free, there are still some small precautions to take as the cold season approaches or even during the winter. Stay with us and watch our video to learn more about how to care for your outdoor faucet as winter near.
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At first glance, a frost-free faucet looks like any standard faucet. But unlike such a faucet, it is designed to be installed outdoors, as it has a stem that shuts off the water inside the building envelope that is being heated, while a slight angle allows it to drip any water that may have remained inside the pipe. This makes it impossible for the cold to reach the water on the warm side of the exterior wall. At the beginning of winter, before the temperature drops below freezing, it is important to make sure you turn off the faucet clockwise.
Be careful, if your house is equipped with a standard faucet, it does not have a stem to close the water inside the heated building. You must do this yourself by closing the valve inside which is already provided for this purpose. Then you will have to drain the valve before covering it for the winter.
As for the garden hose, it is strongly recommended to roll it up and store it in a warm place if possible. This will help you keep it longer. Never leave the hose in place when the temperature threatens to drop below freezing. If you do, you run the risk of any water left inside the hose to freeze and damage the hose itself as well as the faucet. In a case like this, damage is almost inevitable.
If you have any questions regarding this video or any other problem associated with your building, we invite you to contact us. At Legault-Dubois, our experts are here to help you find the exact cause of the various problems you are experiencing, but also to provide solutions that are unbiased so that the problem does not return, and you can rest easy