Trick to beat a Spring freeze
I live in Raleigh, NC and I am busy with my greenhouse and aquaponics in the spring. Every spring there are a few nights where we will get a good freeze and I need to shut off my outdoor faucets (sillcocks). You must shut off the faucet AND disconnect the hose – to make sure no water remains in the faucet housing. I used to use ‘quick connects’ to the faucet, but I would always need to release the water pressure before I could remove the hose. This involved shutting off the faucet, opening the hose nozzle, and finally releasing the quick connect (i.e not so quick). The quick connects were also a hassle in that they would leak or often pop off when I first reconnected them and turned on the water.
My son taught me a great trick: I added a permanent Y adaptor to my faucet. It has two ball valves, one for each fork. Now, on a cold evening, I shut off the faucet and open the unsed ball valve. That empties the water from the faucet and I am done! I no longer need to remove the hose or use quick connects! It is so easy that I am much less forgetful about freezeproofing the faucets before going inside for the evening. Also, no leak issues with the ball valves on the Y-adaptor.
A simple trick that made my work a bit easier,
Great idea, we will put it to work!
Have you had any issue with the Y adapter cracking when going below freezing?
I have had several of them crack when frozen. Maybe because all the paths were under pressure?
I have had problems in the past with these Y adaptors cracking, from generally being cheap. I have looked for better quality ones but cannot find them. This one will not crack due to ice because there is no water in it. Shut off water, open overflow ball-valve to drain it.