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Another summer is history and fall is officially here. Its time to get started on your fall maintenance list. Its much easier working on these projects while its still pleasant outside, so dont put these projects off until the first snow. The last thing we want to happen is for our outdoor faucets to freeze up causing pipes to burst and water to run wild inside our walls.

Make Sure Your Outside Faucets Don't Freeze!

Frost-proof faucet

A frost-proof faucet stops the water far inside the warm house to prevent freezing. If the handle on your faucet is level with the pipe, it's a frost-proof model. Outdoor faucets are the first plumbing parts to freeze and burst when the temperature drops. So always close the supply shutoff valve inside the house before you leave or head off on vacation. This is a good idea even if you have a frostproof faucet, since youll probably turn down the thermostat when you leave home. After turning off the supply shutoff, open the outside faucets to drain the remaining water out of the pipes. Never leave a hose connected to an outdoor faucet: It traps water in the faucet, which can freeze and crack open the faucet. Frozen pipes in the winter time arent anything new to Minnesota homeowners. The problem with a dripping outside faucet in the winter isnt the massive ice rink that can form under the tap, its the possibility of the pipes freezing and bursting. When you have an outside faucet that is dripping it indicates that either you dont have an interior shut off valve or that the valve is failing. Every fall, when it gets cold enough to freeze, homeowners should shut off and drain the water going to the outside water spigots. If you have a drip coming from the outside faucet even when the internal shut off is closed, you have the potential of having pipes freeze and burst during the cold winter months. You need to have the problem valve addressed by having it repaired or replaced. Make sure that you do preventative maintenance on all of your outside faucets to prevent a very cold, wet, and costly problem down the road. Paying to have a plumber replace a faulty valve will cost you significantly less than having to pay for emergency plumbing service work when you have a pipe freeze and break in the middle of the night. Prevention is always better than cure. Talk to a Minnesota Professional Plumber for other ways avoid plumbing problems this winter.