TIPS FOR PROTECTING INDOOR/OUTDOOR FAUCETS FROM FREEZING TEMPERATURES
Protecting outside faucets:
Shut off the upstream water supply valve feeding the outdoor faucet.
Typically, you will find this valve several feet from the outside wall.
Turn the handle to the valve in a clockwise motion until it stops.
If it has a lever handle, turn the lever until it is perpendicular to the pipe.
Drain any residual water from the faucet and pipe.
This will ensure there isn’t any water left behind after shutting off the valve that could freeze and expand.
If water continues to trickle out, even after you’ve shut off the upstream valve, replace the leaky valve.
Install an outdoor faucet protector.
A foam faucet cover offers an additional layer of protection to freeze-proof your faucet and pipes.
You can find an inexpensive cover from hardware stores or online.
Make sure the cover is securely in place over the faucet.
Insulate the pipe leading up to the faucet.
Purchase foam insulation to cover any exposed plumbing connected to the outdoor faucet.
Another option would be to install a freeze-proof faucet.
These are designed to function in freezing temperatures.
A frost-free faucet will enable you to continue using the faucet year-round.
Protecting inside faucets:
When the temperature drops below freezing it’s a good idea to drip at least one faucet in the house and open the cabinet doors under sinks (especially sinks on exterior walls and definitely on the northern facing wall).
The open cabinet doors will allow heat inside the house to warm the pipes under the sinks.
Be sure to move all hazardous chemicals stored in the cabinets out of the reach of small children and pets.
Protecting your water bill:
After a freezing event, be sure to shut off all water using devices inside your house and go out and check the water meter.
If the meter indicates that water is flowing, you may have a leak.
An unchecked water leak can drive your water bill up quickly.
You may need the help of a licensed plumber at this point.