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How To Protect Outdoor Plumbing From Freezing

At Drain Magic, we understand that outdoor plumbing plays a crucial role in maintaining the functionality of your home. And just like indoor plumbing, outdoor plumbing issues, specifically freezing, can lead to disasters. However, these outdoor problems can be harder to detect. That’s why taking these preventative measures is important to protect your outdoor plumbing from freezing.

What Are The Types of Outdoor Plumbing?

Our expert team at Drain Magic is here to assist you with any outdoor plumbing problem. These include but are not limited to:

  • Downspout drain cleaning
  • Septic system services
  • Gas line plumbing services
  • Leak detection
  • Piping and repiping services
  • Outdoor plumbing maintenance services
  • Outdoor faucet installation and repair.
  • Hose bib installation and repair
  • Sprinkler installation and service
  • Outdoor showers and sinks

Protecting Outdoor Plumbing From Freezing

Keeping your outdoor plumbing safe from the chill of winter is critical. When temperatures drop, the risk of frozen pipes and damaged fixtures increases. Here are five essential tips to protect your outdoor plumbing from freezing and the potential costly repairs that come with it.

Insulate Pipes1. Insulate Pipes

Insulating your outdoor pipes is a smart and cost-effective way to prevent freezing. Invest in pipe insulation sleeves or foam insulation tape. These materials provide a protective barrier against the cold and are readily available at most hardware stores.

Also, identify any exposed pipes around your property. These are the most vulnerable to freezing. Use insulation materials to wrap these pipes securely. And be sure to check for gaps or cracks in the exterior walls where pipes pass through. Seal these openings with caulk or insulation to prevent cold air from reaching the lines.

If you’ve noticed your pipes are corroding, learn the causes and solutions here.

Or, if you suspect pipe leaks, here’s how to detect them. 

2. Drain Outdoor Faucets And Hoses

Before the first frost arrives, it’s crucial to drain outdoor faucets and hoses to prevent water from freezing inside. Unhook and drain all garden hoses and store them indoors to protect them from the cold.

You can also turn off the outdoor faucets and allow any remaining water to drain out. Keeping the faucets open can help prevent pressure buildup in the pipes.

Consider installing faucet covers, also known as faucet socks or insulation covers. These covers provide an extra layer of insulation to protect outdoor faucets.

Keep Your Outdoor Faucets Running3. Keep Your Outdoor Faucets Running

On those exceptionally cold nights, letting the outdoor faucets run with a slow trickle of water can make a big difference. When the temperature drops significantly, turn on the outdoor faucets just enough to allow a small trickle of water to flow. This continuous movement can help prevent freezing.

4. Install Frost-Free Sillcocks

Installing frost-free sillcocks is a wise investment for those in regions with harsh winters. These specialized faucets are designed to prevent freezing by shutting off the water supply inside your home, where it’s warmer.

Unlike standard outdoor faucets, frost-free sillcocks don’t require draining because the valve is located farther inside the house. Frost-free sillcocks are less vulnerable to freezing and are a reliable option in areas with cold winters.


Keep the Area Around Outdoor Pipes Clean

5. Keep the Area Around Outdoor Pipes Clean 

Maintaining a clean and debris-free area around your outdoor pipes is essential for proper insulation. Regularly clear away leaves, dirt, and snow from the area surrounding outdoor pipes. This ensures that the insulation remains effective and prevents cold air from penetrating.

By following these five tips, you can safeguard your outdoor plumbing from freezing temperatures and avoid costly repairs down the line. At Drain Magic, we’re here to support you in all your plumbing needs. If you require assistance or have questions about protecting your outdoor plumbing, don’t hesitate to reach out or book an appointment!