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Time To Drain Your Water Spigots

Annual reminder to drain your outdoor spigots

SuburbanHomeInspections

This was originally posted in Oct of 2012, but it serves as a helpful reminder for many of us.
With the cold weather upon us, it is time to perform the very important maintenance ritual of winterizing your exterior water spigots.  Forgetting to perform this chore can result in frozen pipes.  When pipes freeze, they expand and this can cause breaks / leaks & flooding.  Every year I hear about basements flooding because of this.  Don’t be that guy.

Types of Spigots
There are two primary types of spigots: The first I simply refer to as a “standard”, or “regular” spigot, and the other is referred to as a “frost-free spigot”.
Frost-free spigots are designed to eliminate the risk of freezing pipes.

A frost-free spigot has a stem portion that extends into the house, where an interior, built-in valve is located.  So once the exterior valve is turned off, the…

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