Help....Faucet winterization

MikeB1234December 27, 2012

I have frost proof faucets along the outside of my house. The inside valve to one of the faucets was not shut off prior to the temperature dropping below freezing. I just turned it off then opened the outside faucet. No water flowed. Should I be worried? Should I reopen the inside valve? It is right next to the faucet. The pipe is behind drywall. It has not cracked. It is a model 17 woodford. It is not supposed to have any issues if I disconnect the hose. I'm concerned because water didn't flow when opening the faucet. However, I've never tried using an outside spigot in the winter.

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If you turned the inside shutoff valve off, there won't be any water flow, right?

    Bookmark   December 27, 2012 at 4:23PM
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There should still be water that was trapped between interior valve and spigot.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2012 at 6:33PM
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If you're talking about the valve I think you're tallking about, the actual 'seat' is inside the house and stays warm. There is an air admittance valve outside the house (the black or silver thing above where you attach the hose) that allows water to drain out.

This one happens to be brass.

Here is a link that might be useful: frost-proof silcock

    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 2:13PM
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