Overnight Temperatures are Dropping…

Here is a post that is copied from the past. It is always in our blog to refer to. Apparently we may get pretty cold this week. If you are concerned about your back flow breaking, follow these steps to prevent damage…

1) Locate the shut off in the basement. This is a ball valve, while sometimes they look like the type that your hoses are attached to outside. In this picture below, as you can see, it’s still on.
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2) For those of you with these ball valves, turn the handle to be perpendicular with the pipe it’s attached to in order to shut it off.
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3) Go outside to your backflow. See below.
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4) Locate the petcock drains. See closeup below. These are the two small protruding parts near the top left of the image.
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5) Open them up. If they are the types that require a flathead screwdriver, turn each one so the flat part of the screwdriver is parallel to the line. (In the image below, they are at 45 degree angles, which is how they are left for the winter. If they are vertical they are closed, if they are horizontal they are open.) Open them! (A tiny sprinkle of water may come out.)
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6) Finally, now that the water is shut off in the basement, and the valves on the outside of your house are open it’s time to go back to the shut off in the basement and drain the water out. On the same handle where you turned it off, there will be a small cap that you will remove. Keep in mind this might have a little or A LOT of water, depending on how far this shut off is from the backflow outside. Either way, bring a small bucket. Loosen the cap, or remove it entirely, and let the water flow!
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That’s it! But, don’t forget to call and schedule your blow out!

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