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Flood In Your Home

Discussion in 'General Chat Forum' started by Steve Campot, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. Steve Campot

    Steve Campot Broadlands Real Estate Broker

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    Hard frost tonight...Is the water to your outside spigots turned off?

    Good Luck,
    Steve Campot
    www.sgcrealestate.com
     
  2. Mom8386

    Mom8386 Member

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    While people do need to turn off the supply to their outside spigots there is no way "frost" is going to freeze pipes. It takes very cold, below freezing temps for more than a day or two for pipes to freeze and burst. BTW, we've already had a frost and I believe, a freeze this season.
     
  3. afgm

    afgm Ashburn Farm Resident

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    Worthy reminder. Thanks STeve.
     
  4. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    Rephrase it............Done using your outside water? Turn it off before you forget, have a hard freeze, and flood your basement!
     
  5. MikeK

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    This is my first year in a townhouse (bought last winter). I know the water has to be turned off from the inside. Is it also best practice to leave the spicket outside open/on halfway?

    Thanks

    Mike
     
  6. flynnibus

    flynnibus Well-Known Member Forum Staff

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    Yes, close the water valve on the inside, and open the bib on the outside and the bleeder valve on the inside.
     
  7. d_kodali

    d_kodali New Member

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    I forgot to turn off the water supply until saw this post. Went out this morning to open the bibs outside. Found that the front side one had already frozen. Water was running through the back yard one. I was able to properly close the supply and bleed the back yard line. But the line leading to front wouldn't bleed. Any suggestions about what can be done now to minimise the damage?
     
  8. Steve Campot

    Steve Campot Broadlands Real Estate Broker

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    I suggest you call a plumier. Run a search in this forum for some recommendations.

    Good Luck!
     
  9. Steve Campot

    Steve Campot Broadlands Real Estate Broker

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    he he "plumber"
     
  10. redon1

    redon1 aka Aphioni

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    awww, plumier sounded so POSH and fancy! I was hoping he'd bring a plungier!
     
  11. Steve Campot

    Steve Campot Broadlands Real Estate Broker

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    That time of year again!

    Change the batteries in you smoke detectors while you are at it!

    Oh and the air filter in the HVAC and the pad in the humidifier.

    Don't complain your home value went up 7% this year.
     
  12. pauleyc

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    New homes are built with frost free hose bibs. The actual water cutoff is not at the value but 8 or so inches inside the house. These should not freeze if the insulation has not been removed from around it. Most people leave their hoses attached and this does not allow the hose bib to drain and the damage occurs after the value. Most of the time they don't realize it until the following spring when you try to use it.

    I think its good practice to turn off the water, but I've lived here since 2003 and probably only did it one winter. Definitely not critical until we get to 3+ days of low 20s.
     

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