BrightNest's mission is to make homeowners happy.

FREE, START NOW

BrightNest's mission is to make homeowners happy.

Our tips and tools will shape up your home & simplify your life.

Why Join?

We’re All About You

No two homes are alike. So, we
hand pick the best tips and tricks
for you and your home. Try it >

Super Easy Scheduling

Save your favorite tips and
schedule your favorite tasks.
We'll remind you! Get going >

Peace of Mind

We've got your back. Keep all
your activities and home details
in one spot! Start now >

Quest_blue

Do you have a washing machine?

Sized_qw_icons-04

Turn Off Your Hose Bibb (Outside Spigot)

Why Do This?

Your hose bibb, or outside spigot, is the faucet located on the exterior of your house. Do you know where you connect a garden hose? Yup, that’s your hose bibb. In winter, homeowners in colder climates need to turn off the water to their hose bibbs to prevent damage and flooding when the weather drops below freezing.

Difficulty:
Time: 30 minutes

What You'll Need

  • small bowl or cup

How To:


Busy? Let a pro handle this.

  1. 1
    Step_image_thumb_task_thumb_task_picture_hose_bib

    Some homes have frost-proof hose bibbs or spigots, which don’t need to be turned off in the fall and reopened in spring. If your spigots look like the picture next to this step, you get to kick back and relax!

  2. 2

    Locate your hose bibb’s shutoff valve. If you have more than one hose bibb, each one will have its own shutoff valve. They will be located inside your house, usually in the basement, crawl space or utility room. If you know where your water meter is, that area is a great place to check first.

  3. 3

    Now it’s time to cut off the flow of water. If your shutoff valve is a gate valve, it will look like a small wheel. Turn the wheel clockwise until it won’t go any further. If you have a ball valve, turn the handle so that it's perpendicular to the supply line.

  4. 4

    Go outside and detach your hose from the spigot. It’s a good idea to remove as much water as possible from the hose before storing it for the winter. The best place to store your hose is in a heated, protected area such as your basement or shed.

  5. 5

    Once your hose is put away, turn on the hose bibb and let any excess water run out. Leave the hose bibb open during the winter in case your shutoff valve leaks and allows water to reenter the system.

  6. 6

    Head back to your shutoff valve and look for the bleeder valve, which is usually located underneath the shutoff valve and has a small metal cap. Hold a small bowl beneath the bleeder valve and remove the cap. A small amount of excess water should drain out. Replace the cap on the bleeder valve and tighten it.

  7. 7

    Your system is ready for winter!

comments powered by Disqus
Bn_logo_white

Like us so far? There's more to love...


Already a member? Log in