F Scott Fitzgerald wasn’t exactly correct when he said that life “starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” While it’s a beautiful sentiment, some flora and fauna actually begin to decay when the temperature drops. He would have been more seasonally correct to say that life starts all over in the “spring”, as the warm weather will truly bring life back to certain species of trees and other plant life.
Needless to say, the temperature is dropping and here in Maryland we can see the effects of fall that Fitzgerald proclaims so charming. As we stroll through our neighborhood streets freshly paved with orange and yellow leaves, we have to start thinking about the changes necessary to the exterior of our houses. Are you confident that your home is prepared for the temperature drop associated with fall?
CHECK YOUR OUTDOOR FAUCET
Fall is the perfect time to replace your conventional outdoor faucet with a protective frost-free faucet. The older style outdoor faucet shuts off the water close to the handle, which leaves water sitting in the pipe going through the wall. When that water freezes during the cold winter, your pipe is in great danger of becoming cracked or split and potentially causing water to leak into your house. This is a huge headache and can possibly become a major problem with a big mess.
Water expands when it freezes, and this expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it. No matter how strong your pipes are, expanding water can break through them.
WHAT CAN YOU DO
Some homeowners will shut off the inside valve and drain the water in the pipe for the winter in order to avoid any freezing damage to the pipe. However, purchasing a newer frost-free faucet would be a better solution.
A freeze-proof, or frost-free, faucet stops the water flow far inside the warm house, so that it won’t freeze when the temperature drops below zero. The newest version allows for any water in the pipe to drain out, so that there is no possible chance for any freezing inside of the pipe.
Courtland Hearth and Hardware stocks various sizes of frost-free faucets, also called sillcocks.
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