April 22nd, 2015 2:12 PM by Eileen Denhard
You shut off your outdoor faucets before last winter. Now all you need to do is turn them back on and remember where you stored the garden hose.
Turn on the water to your outdoor faucets.
When overnight lows stop dipping below freezing
To be able to water the lawn and wash the car, etc.
Locate all your exterior faucets. Don't forget the one in the attached garage, if you have one. Make sure all of these faucets are shut off. Go to the basement. You will find the pipe that feeds each faucet. There will be a shutoff valve on this pipe. Make sure the little drain cap on the side of the valve is screwed on tight, and open the valve.
If you have a faucet you'd like to use regularly next winter (for washing your car for example), then consider a frost-proof faucet. These faucets are very long and have an equally long valve stem. When you turn the handle on the outside of the house, you're actually operating a valve on the inside of the house. This means that water never sits in the cold part of the pipe, so you won't get frozen or burst pipes.
To make the indoor shutoff valves easier to find every spring and fall, hang tags on them. If they are above a suspended ceiling, put little marks on the metal bars that support the ceiling tile to show their location.