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Are your outside faucets freeze protected?

Many homes have what are called "frost-free" outside faucets.  The design of these faucets is such that the water is actually shut-off at the interior of the home where is more likely to be warmer thus preventing freezing of the water near the valve outdoors.  When you shut off the valve, water drains out of the short section of pipe between the shut-off handle and the interior of the home.  If you leave hoses attached to the valve during the winter this frost-free function is lost because the water can't drain out.  So remember to remove your hoses from these faucets when there is the likelihood of freezing.

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Charles Buell

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Comment balloon 3 commentsCharles Buell • December 30 2007 01:57PM
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