Does not fully apply outside Montpelier Hills
In late October or early November, night-time temperatures start to drop below freezing. That is the time to take these simple precautions to prevent your outside water pipes/faucets from freezing this winter, to avoid possible damage from burst pipes.
- Turn off the TWO inside shut-off valves (usually near the hot water heater or water meter) that feed water to the front and rear outside water faucets.
- Then open the outside faucets.
- Then ONLY SLIGHTLY unscrew the little "air bleed" caps on the side of each of the inside shut-off valves -- just enough to hear air sucking into the valve.
- This allows all the water to drain out through the open outside faucet. If you open the caps too much (or remove them all together) ALL the water in the outside pipe will drain at the inside-end where you are standing. And that is a lot of water. Drain times vary, but no more than an hour at above freezing.
- In most Montpelier Hills homes there is a positive pressure fitting with a plastic tab in the throat of each outside faucet.
- For each outside faucet, tilt and hold* the tab sideways to ensure that all the water drains out. * The tab will snap back to the center closed position
- Let the outside faucets drain while temperatures are above freezing.
- Then close the outside faucets before freezing/nightfall.
- Finally, tighten/put-back the air bleed caps on the interior shut-off valves -- finger tight, no tools -- so they don't get lost or leak when you turn the on the inside and outside faucets again in the Spring.