To prevent frozen pipes, a rule of thumb is to winterize outside hose bibbs before Halloween and leave them that way until Easter. The procedure is simple.
An easy and effective alternative to closing off the inside cutoff valve is to insulate the outside hose bibb. A cover you can buy is made of rigid foam insulation and hooks to the knob on the hose bibb to keep it snug with the wall. Look for it at your local hardware stores.
Posted on November 12, 2014 at 7:56 pm