But, if you don’t turn off the internal water spigot valve this winter, that’s exactly what you’ll be doing … if you’re lucky. If you’re not lucky, you’ll flood your basement.
How do I know what to turn off?
If you have a frost free spigot–take a look at the photo– you’re good to go! If you have a shut off valve inside your basement (usually found near the foundation wall, just opposite the exterior spigot) turn it off and open the spigot on the outside to let out the water between the spigot and the internal valve so it won’t freeze and burst the pipe, and you’re good to go!
If you don’t have either of the above, contact me or your plumber to install one.
But why now if I haven’t had a problem before? Well, all it takes is a broken basement window to aim frosty air at your pipe. Maybe you’ve taken my advice and just insulated your basement and now that pipe is not getting residual heat from your basement that was keeping it warm before.
And what was I doing today? Why, mopping up a basement den, but thanks for asking.