Most homeowners in Tulsa, Oklahoma know it’s important to ‘winterize’ the outside faucets to prevent them from freezing, because freeze damage can destroy the faucet or lead to a burst pipe. Winterizing the outside faucets in the fall seems like a simple thing to do, and it seems like it should be straightforward and easy, but there are a couple tricks you need to know to help prevent water damage from frozen pipes.
Tip #1 Garden hoses – First and foremost, disconnect the garden hose from the outside faucet. If you leave your garden hose attached to the faucet, you’re asking for trouble.
Tip #2 Determine if your faucet is frost-free or not. A rule of thumb is that if the faucet has a knob that’s perpendicular to the house, it’s frost-free. The knob turns a long stem that closes a valve inside the house where it’s warm. If the knob is at a 45 degree angle, it’s not frost free, and it needs to be winterized.