Time to prepare for winter

faucet

This tip is  mostly for new homeowners or for people who are new to Minnesota.

It is almost time to turn off the water to the outdoor faucets and disconnect any hoses and put them away. It will be in the 60’s today and the weekend should be nice too but let’s face it we are on borrowed time and soon night time temperatures will be below freezing and then the white stuff will start falling.

If you do not know how to turn off the water to outdoor faucets you still have time to figure it out.

Here is what you need to do:

1.  Turn off the water from the inside of the house.

2.  open the spigot on the outside and let the water drain out.

I usually leave the spigots open but once the water has been drained out I don’t think it matters.

What happens if you don’t turn the water off?  Pipes can freeze and faucets can be destroyed by ice.  . . and it isn’t pretty.  Frozen pipes can burst and ice can damage faucets resulting in the need for expensive repairs.