Our first snow is here – hooray!  It’s early this year, so make sure you’ve winterized your pipes.

If your home’s faucets aren’t freeze-proof, water can stay in them and freeze.  Before winter really kicks in, drain the water (winterize) so they won’t freeze.

To drain this water out:

Disconnect any hoses. Drain the hoses and store them away.

Shut off the interior valve, which most outside faucets in cold climates have.

Place a bucket under the drain cap, and open the drain cap. (Water will drain out.)

Open the exterior valve. (Water will drain out.)

Once all the water has drained from the drain cap and exterior faucet, close the exterior valve and replace the drain cap.

Dump out any water in the bucket.

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