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View Poll Results: What do you do with your outside faucets during the winter?
I just shut the faucet off outside and drain the hose. 5 83.33%
I shut the water off inside and then drain out the remaining water in the faucet. 1 16.67%
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Old 11-01-2009, 08:37 PM
Location: The Charming Town of Fuquay-Varina
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The outside faucets on my house enter in through the crawl space. The copper pipe comes in about 8-10 inches, then continues about 4 feet to a shutoff. Given the temps here in the Triangle, I am wondering if I should shut the water off at the crawlspace shutoff and open the faucet outside to drain out the water. The problem doing this is I would have to do it every time I use the water during the winter.

What do you do?

FYI - I always have an outside insulation cup on the faucet, but as there is no insulation on the line just inside the crawlspace, I am concerned about freezing.
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Old 11-01-2009, 08:45 PM
Location: Clayton, NC
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I just shut the valves on outside and remove any attached hoses on the anti-freeze spickets. I have a remote temperature sensor in my crawlspace and even on the coldest days is rarely goes below 64 degrees in the crawlspace.
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Old 11-01-2009, 09:48 PM
Location: Fuquay-Varina
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Whats the age of the house? Faucets from the last 15-20 years or so have anti-freezing devices built in that dispel the water close to the exterior (not failsafe but pretty reliable). It never hurts to insulate the pipe in the crawlspace though and coupled with your exterior insulated box you should be in good shape.

PS - Definitely follow Andy's advice and remove hoses. That is the number 1 reason for a exterior faucet to freeze/burst.
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Old 11-01-2009, 09:54 PM
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just insulate the pipe and remove the hose. The insulation will cost you dollars and 5 minutes. a busted pipe is a huge pain in the a** and will cost you way more. Dont risk coming home to a crawl space full of water.
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