When winterizing your outside faucet, make sure that you turn the water hose off from inside your house. Depending on the type of shut-off valve you have located inside your home, you may or may not need to leave the outside faucet open or closed. Flowing water can and does freeze, even in Georgia.
Here are the steps you need to take to winterize your outside faucet:
- Turn on the outside faucet (water flowing).
- Close the shut-off valve inside the house (make sure all water has stopped flowing).
- If the inside shut-off valve has a relief drain, remove the cap and drain the remaining water out of the pipe. This type of valve is called a “stop and waste.”
- If the inside shut-off does not have a relief drain, allow outside faucet to drain completely (5 minutes) before closing.
- Once the pipe has been drained of all water, leave the hose connection closed for the winter and cover the outside faucet with a Styrofoam faucet cover.