Water connections in the garden - so they are protected over the winter

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From a temperature of 0┬░ C, water freezes. As a result, it expands. If it is in a water pipe, this can be severely damaged. At the latest in spring, when you need to water your garden again, you may experience a nasty surprise. What options do you have to avoid this?

Winterize taps

Faucet frost-proof

As soon as the night temperatures slip into the cellar and there is a risk of frost, the outdoor faucets must be made frost-proof. Even if the faucet has not been used for a long time, there is always some water in it. This can freeze at corresponding minus temperatures. As a result, the pipes that run inwards as well as the interior of the fittings can be damaged. This can be very costly, because the water from the burst pipes occurs and can penetrate into the masonry. In this way, plaster and insulation are damaged. To prevent this, you should drain the faucet completely and turn it off in time. You should also disassemble parts that are removable and coat the seals with petroleum jelly so they do not become brittle.

Alternative: the frost-proof faucet

An alternative to this method is a frost-proof faucet, as offered for example by Kull Design. This winter-proof variant withstands a pressure of up to 16 bar, as it is equipped with a volume compensator, which is located in the frost-proof area. He ensures that the amount of water or ice is automatically compensated. Such outdoor faucets have another advantage because you can use them even in winter. Furthermore, fittings with a shut-off valve are available. This is connected to the faucet by a long wave and keeps the water in the house. In the frost-prone area is thereby only air, which is known not to freeze. In addition, such external fittings are provided with a ventilation system that automatically empties the water-bearing areas.

The frost-proof outdoor taps can be easily retrofitted, as they are possible for different wall thicknesses. The effort is worthwhile in any case, as this is significantly lower than the renovation costs, which would be necessary in case of damage.

Frost protection for water pipes

In order to irrigate every spot in the garden optimally and to provide lush plant splendor, hobby gardeners like to lay water pipes. This has the advantage that you do not have to worry about whether the garden hose is long enough. In addition, he is in this way not unpleasant in the way around. However, you must already consider when laying, that the lines should be protected for the winter. If there is frost, the water that is still in the pipes can freeze and damage it because it has expanded. Therefore install a shut-off valve and a tap when laying the cables. At the tap you can then connect a hose via a compressor. The incoming air displaces the residual water from the pipes and can escape from the external valves. Use PE pipes for thisbecause they are corrosion-free and there can be no deposits.

Pay attention to the correct depth

Frost also protects a certain depth. House connections are therefore placed from a depth of one meter below the ground. If a decent layer of sand envelops it, it also serves as frost protection. Garden water pipes do not necessarily have to be laid so deeply if they are not used in winter. It is sufficient if you empty this as the outdoor tap and turn off. You can find detailed instructions on how the installation works here.

Video Board: Protecting Your Outside Water Faucets in the Winter.

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