Don’t let your outside pipes freeze by using these tips.

With only a month and a half until the 2015 year comes to an end, the outside temperatures are dropping more and more. While you may be cooking more soups and stews to stay warm, it is also important to make sure that your house is ready for the chilly temperatures. Keep these tips in mind when turning off your outside water to prevent any frozen pipes.

  • Locate the pipe that leads to your outside faucet from inside your home. Keep in mind that your faucet may be in your garage, basement, or crawl space and may be a little difficult to get to.
  • Look along the entire pipe to find the safety shut-off valve. Most valves are round, metal knobs that have straight handles and are 3 to 4 inches long. If you have an older home, the shut-off valve may be a square post that is located at the top of a pipe junction.
  • Shut off the water supply that is going to the outside faucet by turning the shut-off valve in a clockwise direction until it stops turning. Pull the handle lever valve a quarter turn until it is in the “off” position. If there is not “off” position that is clearly marked, turn the handle clockwise until it stops. If you have a valve that does not have a handle or knob, use pliers or vice grips to turn the square post clockwise until it stops turning.
  • Head outside and turn on the outside spigot until all the water stops flowing to release all the water that is trapped in the pipe to help prevent freezing.

Take the time to look over your home insurance policy to make sure that you have the right amount of coverage for any issues that occur this fall or winter. Contact North Central Insurance in Elk River, Minnesota for all of your homeowners insurance needs.