This is will be one of many posts on winterizing as there are multiple items to winterize for the year. These include hose bibs, sprinkler systems, outdoor sinks, and more!
In this example, we have an above ground garden hose slow drip system with timer. It is often misunderstood that winterizing the system only means turning off the valves on the outside of the building. Many forget that winterizing is the process of:
- Turning off the exterior fixtures.
- Disconnecting all hose connections.
- Turning off the isolation valves inside the house.
- And ensuring that no water will be present outside of the house when freezing weather passes over your house.
Is your valve leaking outside the house? See if there is a shut off inside the house. If there is no shut off inside the house, then (after notifying all occupants) find your main shut off valve inside the house and shut it off.
Note: This may affect several systems such as radiant heat, water heater, showers, dishwasher, etc. So if you need assistance in shutting off the main shut off valve, call the plumber.