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 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 unscrew and remove the little "air bleed" caps on the side of each of the shut-off valves.
- 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 that tab sideways to ensure that all the water drains out.
- Now close the outside faucets.
- Finally, replace 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 water on again in the Spring.