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Outdoor Faucet Cover

Updated on December 27, 2012

Avoid Frozen Pipes with an Outdoor Faucet Cover

As colder weather sets in, it is time to start taking some preventative action to keep the pipes from your outdoor faucets from freezing. One great way to do this is to use an outdoor faucet cover. By installing these inexpensive covers, you can potentially save yourself a lot of money by avoiding costly repairs due to frozen pipes.

I recently moved to a new home (well, not a new home but a different home) and have been doing my fair share of repairs and home maintenance. As I make my preparations for Winter weather, I have ordered two Frost King outdoor faucet covers to protect my outdoor faucets from freezing. In one of my previous homes, I did experience a frozen and split pipe leading to one of my outdoor faucets and I want to share some tips that just may help you avoid the same headache that I experienced.

Tips to Avoid Frozen Outdoor Faucets

A little preparation can save you a lot of trouble...

If you live in an area that experiences Wintry weather, then those sub-freezing temperatures are most likely unavoidable. By taking a few proactive steps, you can avoid or lessen the risk of frozen pipes. Consider the following tips and take action now if any of the following apply to you or your home.

  1. Disconnect any hoses from your outdoor faucets.

    The hose will trap and hold water. It is guaranteed to freeze and expand. This is the exact mistake that I made at one of my previous homes. I left the hose connected over the Winter and the freezing water expanded and split the copper pipe. When I turned on the outdoor faucet in the Spring, the water was leaking behind the wall and spilling onto my basement floor. I ended up replacing this faucet with a freeze proof outdoor faucet.
  2. Turn off the water supply to your outdoor faucets.

    Inside your home, you should have water shutoff valves that will allow you to turn off the water to your outdoor faucets. As the temperatures start hovering around the freezing mark, turn off the water supply to your outdoor faucets. Then open the outdoor faucets to release any water that is still in that section of pipe. After draining the pipe from the outside, close off the faucet.
  3. Use an outdoor faucet cover.

    Outdoor faucet covers are easily installed and protect your faucets and the attached pipes from freezing in cold, windy weather conditions. There are two main kinds of faucet covers. One type is made from a polystyrene shell. The other is a sock that is made from waterproof nylon and uses a double layer of Thinsulate to protect from the cold.

Frost King Faucet Cover
Frost King Faucet Cover

The Frost King FC1 Outdoor Faucet Cover

Why I Chose This Brand and Model...

When I did my research to choose an outdoor faucet cover, I ended up selecting the Frost King FC1. I ordered two of these covers, one for the faucet on the front of the house and one for the faucet in the rear.

Why did I choose this one?

  1. Well, it is one of the highest rated models available on Amazon, weighing in with an average 4.1 out of 5 star rating.
  2. It is very inexpensive, costing between $5.00 - $6.00.
  3. I could get free shipping on this item, thanks to my Amazon Prime membership. If you aren't a Prime member, you can still get Free Super Saver Shipping if you spend $25.00 or more on your total order.
  4. It protects outdoor faucets from extreme temperatures, which is exactly what I am looking for.
  5. It has a 5/8 inch expanded polystyrene shell and a 3/4 inch one piece foam gasket around the opening.
  6. It is reusable season after season.
  7. It has an adjustable lock that attaches to the faucet.
  8. No extra parts required. Everything you need is included.

Outdoor Faucet Covers on Amazon

Here are a number of different outdoor faucet covers that are available from Amazon. These are all very inexpensive options. Make sure you check for any free shipping deals to help keep the cost down.

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I hope you found this lens on "Outdoor Faucet Covers" helpful.

Since I recently moved to a different home, I have gotten the 'opportunity' to fix and repair lots of different things.

I am taking every opportunity I can to share some of these experiences, tips, and things that I have learned through my new lenses.

I hope this has helped.

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    • Sara2901 profile image

      Sara2901 3 years ago

      Good reminder for upcoming winter season. Thanks

    • lesliesinclair profile image

      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Little things like faucet covers sure make a big difference during freezing weather.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Where I live, it is rare to get the kind of freezing weather that threatens the faucets. But many years ago, I had to replace two faucets in two years. What a mess! Great information.

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      thegrayrabbit 4 years ago

      Duh... this seems like a no brainer thing to do. Thanks for reminding me

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      We use the Frost King faucet covers and they really are wonderful!

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      awakeningwellness 4 years ago

      I had never heard of faucet covers...thanks for the info!