How to prepare outdoor faucets for winter ?

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How to prepare outdoor faucets for winter ?

We all know that ice forms in water supply pipes leading to exposed outdoor faucets when temperatures drops below the freezing mark, often causing water damage into the home from frozen pipes. Pipes rupture due to freezing faucets outside typically occur inside the walls, creating too often invisible leaks. The consequences of potentially hundreds of liters of water may affect the foundation of the house, as well as your furniture and everything inside your home. To avoid this, preparing the outdoor faucets for winter to keep all indoor and outdoor plumbing safe during the long cold weather months to come is essential.

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Step by step guide:

  • Walk around your property and locate all exterior faucets, if you are a new homeowner you may discover some in hidden places! Remove any attached hoses and drain residual water out of each one.
  • Inside your house, locate the individual shutoff valve in each supply line leading to a faucet it usually near the main water shutoff valve or the floor of the basement. These are almost always lever-style valves as opposed to standard faucets and incorporate a bleed cap to drain residual water out of the pipe.
  • Turn the water off at the shutoff valve. Go outside and open the faucet allowing the water to drain out. Return to the inside shutoff valve and remove the bleeder cap to drain remaining water out of the pipe. Hold a bucket under the bleeder to catch the water.  Replace the bleeder cap and close the outside faucet.
  • If you own an older property, it might not have any indoor shutoff valves for outdoor faucets. A Pure Plomberie expert plumber can retrofit the standard faucet with a frost-free faucet that allows you to leave the water on year-round.



Avoid expensive water damage; act now and prepare your outdoor faucets for winter.


For more advice on how to prevent freezing pipes (or get them unfrozen) in the West Island, contact Pure Plomberie at 514.675.4045 or fill out our contact form.