October 21, 2011
Winterize hose connections, sprinklers
Make sure your exterior hose bibs have the hose disconnected. Sprinkler systems need to be winterized and the lines need to be drained as well, not just shut off.
The reason for this, as water freezes it expands, the pipes have no extra room in them thus the frozen water heads back in the pipes into the basement, thus causing pipes to burst. Let me tell you that is not only costly it is a MESS as well!
An AmeriSpec Home Inspection Maintenance Manual can help you with this.
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