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As sure as the arrival of Robins in the Spring, some of our clients will turn on an outside faucet next Spring and discover the pipe to that faucet froze and broke over the winter. The fortunate ones will discover the break before much water escapes and causes damage.   Sadly, water sometimes runs into the basement  for hours before it gets noticed.

But such things don’t have to happen. A little extra care this Fall will prevent the problem. First, don’t forget to turn off the water to the outside faucet.  Even with good insulation, it can get pretty cold where the pipe passes through the wall. If there’s water in the pipe, it could freeze.  Water expands when it freezes and the expansion is what ruptures the pipe. 

It’s pretty simple, really.  Freezing problems can be prevented by turning off the water to the outside faucet, then going outside and opening the faucet to allow any water still in the pipe to drain away.
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