How to Turn Your Outside Water Back On

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Winter is coming to a close! While it isn’t quite time to turn your outdoor faucets back on, you can save this blog post for when the day comes. Once you’re sure that the weather is going to be above freezing (and stay there) then you can start getting your lawn ready for the spring and summer. Make sure you follow all four necessary steps below to ensure you don’t end up with a flooded basement or yard!

The valve to the outdoor water source should have been turned off in the late fall before the first hard freeze. Then the water should have been blown out from your sprinklers and other outdoor pipes. As long as these steps were done, this means that your job now is very simple!


How to Turn Your Water Back On in 4 Steps:

One: First, tighten (close) the wheel/valve on the spigot(s). You may have left them open during the winter, but be sure they are closed as you are about to turn on the water.

Two: Locate your water shutoff valve. It is located inside your house, usually in the basement, crawl space or utility room. The valve will be connected to a pipe that leads to the outside where your spigot is connected to your house. If you have more than one spigot, each one will have its own shutoff valve.

Three: Open the valve to allow water to flow to the spigot. If you have loosened the bleeder valves to allow water to drain when you shut the water off, tighten them now to help prevent leaks.

Four: Once the water is flowing, make sure there is a fair amount of water coming out, low pressure may mean there is a leak. Go back inside the home while you let the water run, and check for any leaks before you do anything else! Picture this: you’re outside washing the car or watering the garden, while water leaks inside the basement from a pipe you didn’t realize was cracked because it hasn’t been turned on all winter. Taking the extra step of going back inside once the water is turned back on can save you a headache later, because pipes and fixtures that have frozen and thawed may not start to leak until full water pressure is re-applied.