Al and Peggy's Corner: Don't Believe Everything You Are Told or Read

Don't Believe Everything You Are Told or Read

Don't Believe Everything You Are Told or Read

It won't be long before Old Man Winter arrives.  Now is the time to prepare your home for the freezing weather ahead.  Besides the normal things you do like having the furnace serviced, raking the leaves, cleaning the eavestroughs etc., one of the most important things to remember is to shut off all of your exterior water taps. 

You need to find the interior tap that shuts off the outside tap.  After turning off that tap you need to turn on the outside tap and let any trapped water escape.  If you forget to do this, you may find a new feature in your home... an indoor swimming pool. 

This may be of interest for a lot of you, yet some will be scratching their heads thinking "What is that?"  Have a look, do you know what this is?

Frost Free Tap

What we have here is a "frost free wall hydrant".    The purpose of the frost free wall hydrant is to shut off your interior water from the outside therefore bypassing the steps laid out above. When this is installed, you turn the water off from outside by turning the red handle above, it actually shuts the water off to the far right side of the tap some 10 - 14 inches inside the home. 

Okay the house is ready for Old Man Winter, read the label "Frost Free", doesn't that mean it will not freeze?

Tag from frost free wall hydrant.

Not to fast, if you read the directions before installing the "Frost Free Wall Hydrant", it had to be installed with a 5 degree slope downwards from the connection on the inside of the house.  This would allow any water in the pipe to drain out and prevent freezing.

You also have to remember to disconnect your outside hose from the tap or the water will not drain.

So what happens if you don't follow the manufacturers directions or forget to remove your hose.  Well, have a look here.

Pipe froze and split.

Let us tell you from experience, we hadn't used this tap since the previous Summer.  We purchased a Hot Tub and when it was being installed the installers used this tap to fill the Hot Tub.  A few hundred gallons of water went into the Hot Tub and who knows how much went into our finished basement through this split in the pipe.

Some of us have to learn the hard way, hope this helps you avoid this lesson.  Before you forget, go and check your taps right now. 

Don't Believe Everything You Are Told or Read



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Comment balloon 14 commentsAl & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers • October 23 2010 11:03AM


Timely reminder for winterization - and yes, don't believe everything you read - and read all small types too!

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) almost 8 years ago

YIKES -  not a pretty sight that burst pipe!   I like the old fashioned way of securing my pipes mentioned at the beginning of the post.  We'll be doing ours right after Halloween.  Had ice in the bird bath this week!

Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Al: This is the kind of information you will never learn from your plumber or handy man---I can't ell you how many outside faucets, hoses etc, that I have gone thorugh for just this reason! Thank you for the timely post!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Been there done that, if you haven't had the priviledge consider yourself lucky. Great info for those of us in winter climates

Posted by Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida (Glasswork Media Arts) almost 8 years ago

Hey kids, I still do mine the old fashioned way, with a twist, I shut down the water inside first, go outside open up the tap and leave it open, and then go back inside and open it up again for a short burst. The water pressure pushes everything out and as the nipples are so close in and out, they drain on themselves.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 8 years ago

Great Idea and reminder to all, I bet if we are honest it has happened to 1 out of 10. 

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) almost 8 years ago

Yikes, that was a mess to deal with...............

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 8 years ago

What a good reminder this is!  Yes broken pipes are a NIGHTMARE!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) almost 8 years ago

You have no idea how many times I have seen some idjet leave the hose on and they wonder why the hose bibb burst...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Al and Peggy I started to get the house ready for winter today.  I didn't do the outside water yet, but will be taking care of that next week.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 8 years ago

Very timely reminder Al and Peggy.  I have to put this on my to do list or at least on my honey do list ;-)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Hi Al and Peggy - I have not heard of a frost free wall hydrant.  Water does not seem to be your friend this year.

Posted by FN LN almost 8 years ago

Paful, this is a reminder all should heed!

Eww, if your bird bath is freezing Susan, you may not want to wait!

Oh sorry to hear that Paula, yes, plumbers don't mention this. Maybe they are smart and don't use these 'frost free' pipes!

Sorry to hear that Gerry, what a mess to clean up!

Smart Ed, we are beginning to think some of these new fangled items are more trouble than they are worth.

It's such an easy thing Ellen, but who knew?

You wouldn't believe the mess Roger! We were fortunate someone went down there and found it or it would have been worse.

Nightmare to say the least Debbie. Oh well, live and learn.

But these were supposed to frost free Michael, ya right!

Don't forget about it George, you will be sorry, learn from us.

Ya don't forget Chris, actually in the time it takes you to put it on the list, you could just do it!

It certainly hasn`t Chris...we`ve seen enough water for awhile!! LOL!      

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

There’s a very easy solution to that: Move to San Diego! J

Posted by Not a real person almost 8 years ago