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How to Prepare Outside Faucets for Winter

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Welcome to our latest how-to guide on Done Plumbing Heating, and Electric’s blog! Today, Jamey will take you through the crucial steps to properly winterize your hose bibs before Denver’s first freeze. This video will cover everything from detaching hoses to ensure metal doesn’t break during temperature changes, to shutting off and draining your internal water supply lines. Whether you have new frost-proof hose bibs or older models, this tutorial will help you protect your outdoor faucets from freeze breaks and costly damages. Stay tuned as we dive into these preventive measures to ensure a worry-free winter for your home’s plumbing.

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(0:14) Hey guys, Jamey with Done Plumbing and Heating and today I’ll show you how to (0:19) drain your hose bib before the first freeze in Denver and ensure your outside (0:23) hose bibs or your outside faucets are properly prepared. First, remove any (0:28) attached hoses as the metal-on-metal can cause a break as they expand and (0:33) contract with the changing temperatures. For new frost-proof hose bibs, this (0:42) allows for water to fully drain from the faucet. Next, make sure the water supply (0:47) line inside your home is completely closed and drained. Turn off the shut-off (0:51) valve. While shutoff valves are standard building code now, previously they (0:59) weren’t, so your home may or may not have one. If your water supply line does not (1:03) have a shutoff valve or the valve does not have a drain nut, what should be (1:08) installed to protect your home from freeze breaks or property damage? After (1:12) the valve is closed, place an appropriate sized bucket or bowl underneath the (1:16) shut-off valve and remove the nut on the drain. This will drain water from the (1:22) pipe to the hose bib. Finally, replace the drain nut and that’s a job well done. (1:27) Come spring, simply turn back on the valve, make sure the drain nut is (1:32) properly tightened before turning back on the water.

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