Winter questions

Help Support Plumbing Forums:

turtlerace

New Member
Joined
Jan 6, 2010
Messages
2
Reaction score
0
Location
,
I have frost-free outside faucets, so my questions are about them.
Can I leave a hose attached to them through the winter?
How cold does it need to be for me to put those foam insulators over them?
 

Comanche

No Bueno
Joined
Jan 7, 2010
Messages
2
Reaction score
0
Location
Yakima, Washington
As far As I know, your not suppost to leave a hose connected to a faucet, we lost 1 of them on our house because it froze one night in the early fall and cracked the valve.

We allways put the little cover over ours before winter starts, then just leave it on untill spring. I would assume it should be put on before it gets much past the high 20's.
 

Toilet hugger

Member
Joined
Jan 6, 2010
Messages
7
Reaction score
0
Location
,
No, I flooded a basement powerwashing a driveway. There was a 2 inch split behind the wall when the plumber cut and pulled the faucet out. He left the hose on during the winter
 

ozntz

New Member
Joined
Jan 7, 2010
Messages
3
Reaction score
0
Location
,
Don't leave the hose connected. I have a couple friends that had leaks in the wall after that.

Never used a cover here I think they are for non-frost valves. -25F when I got up this morning :)
 

majakdragon

Professional
Professional
Joined
Jan 7, 2010
Messages
297
Reaction score
1
Location
Lafe Arkansas, Arkansas
A frostfree faucet works by having the shut-off mechanism, at the rear of the extended pipe, being inside the foundation. It should be pitched downwards towards the outside of the home to allow drainage after being shut off. No hoses should be left attached or the faucet will not drain properly and will freeze. I use the foam cover to prevent any cold air from coming into the house from around the pipe.
 

SilverBack4Jack

Always Learning.....
Professional
Joined
Jan 12, 2010
Messages
61
Reaction score
0
Location
Sumter, SC
frost proof or not the foam covers are alot cheaper than opening the wall to fix a burst pipe. Cheap $5 or less insurance IMO next spring take them off and put them up till next year. It doesnt get real cold here and I put them on my exterior faucets every year.
 
Top