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How to disconnect garden hose for winter

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Forgot how to disconnect your garden hose for winter? Don't worry, you wouldn't be the first! People take a lot of precautions when it comes to winter weather, but it's hard to remember a long home maintenance to-do list when the holidays are approaching.

Of course, staying warm and comfortable indoors is important, so it's easy to make small behavioral changes like letting a faucet drip slightly and keeping the heat on, key actions to prevent a frozen pipe or a broken water heater. However, many people fail to consider issues outside of the home that may plague your plumbing when the temperatures drop.

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Disconnect garden hose before the ground freezes

Winters in the Mid-Atlantic can be unpredictable, and it is not uncommon for residents to wake up with several inches of snow covering their back lawns. When the ground enters a state of being frozen, you can essentially pack up your gardening and lawn care equipment for the season. This includes disconnecting and putting away your garden hose.

If you forget to disconnect garden hose during the winter, the water that remains within will freeze and almost definitely cause the lining to crack. It gets worse if you have a control nozzle on your hose and freezing occurs, as this ice will put pressure on the pipes connected to your house and, as a result, the home's entire plumbing system. The added pressure will then increase the potential for your pipes to either crack or burst, which are some of the costliest repairs a homeowner can deal with.

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Drain outdoor faucets immediately

Once you put away your garden hose for the winter, take extra steps to ensure that plumbing that is exposed to the elements will be safe in freezing temperatures. Start by completely draining the outdoor faucet immediately after the hose is disconnected.

Shut-off valves

Most homes have shut-off valves that you can use to block a pipe that leads outdoors. Should your home have these, you will usually find them located in basements or closets in an area of the house close to where the outdoor faucet is located.

Insulated faucet jacket

After you've ensured these outdoor pipes are as bone dry as possible, invest in an insulated faucet jacket. These devices can be found at most hardware stores and work to make sure that even if the faucet has no moisture, the freezing temperatures won't penetrate indoor plumbing as well.

 

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