Frost Proof Outdoor Faucet/Spigot/Sill-cocks

Homeowners in the northeast are looking forward to spring after this long hard winter.  During these cold months the outdoor faucet, also called a spigot or sill-cock, can freeze up and need to be replaced.

Here are some ideas to help prevent the outdoor faucet from freezing:

Install a Frost Proof Sill-cock

The surest way to prevent your outside faucet from freezing is to replace your exterior faucet with a frost-proof sill-cock.  With the frost-proof sill-cock, freezing cold temperatures are now kept away from any water supply line feeding the exterior faucet. These faucets are also available with an anti-siphon valve to prevent unsafe water from entering your drinking water supply lines.

Sillcock with Anti-siphon valveThe frost-free faucets feature a remote control of the water supply faucet valve located inside the home, which then allows water flow to the exterior faucet spout. The faucet head is attached to a long tube usually 6” to 20” in length. At the end of this tube is a fitting for connecting a threaded, soldered or PEX tubing water supply line.

The exterior faucet handle of the frost-proof sill cock turns a long rod inside this tube which is connected to a disc, compression or cartridge faucet valve located 6″ to 20″ away (depending on the tube length). The disc, compression or cartridge faucet valve is located inside the tube just before the connector fitting. With this design the faucet valve and water supply pipe are always kept remote from the cold faucet head; unlike standard sill-cocks where the water supply valve is in the head of the exterior faucet on the outside of the house.

Turn-off Water Supply

StandardSillcockIf you are using a standard sill-cock, make sure the valve supplying water to the sill-cock is turned off and the handle of the outside faucet is open, not closed. This allows any water to drain out of the faucet. If any water is left and does freeze, the water will expand out the faucet not in the supply line. If your sill-cock does not have a shut-off valve, you need to have one installed. If you don’t, the water supply will be running right up to the outside faucet and may freeze and burst the water supply pipe.

For professional assistance, contact – Dun-RIGHT Plumbing & Heating – 24/7 Service.  Call 877-386-7454.

 

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