Why Should I Unhook My Hose During Winter?

When the colder months approach, it’s important to perform winterizing maintenance around the exterior of your home in order to avoid any cold weather mishaps. We’re asked often about the importance of unhooking your outside hose during the colder months–why is it important, anyway?

It’s a pretty simple answer, really! When you’re finished running your hose and turn the knob (spigot) off there’s still water trapped in a good portion of the long hose. There’s also water at the base of the spigot in anticipation of the next use. During the colder temperatures, this water can freeze, causing the water in the pipes to crack.

The crack usually occurs behind where the washer is, which is on the inside of the house. Once you turn on the hose, the water proceeds to where the crack is (on the inside of your home), pouring water into the house. By removing the hoses, there is no water that is able to enter into the pipes.

If you’ve yet to schedule your semi-annual maintenance appointment, contact us at Poormans Heating and Air Conditioning! Our top-knotch technicians are the best in the business!

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