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How to Drain an Outdoor Faucet

Draining an outdoor faucet becomes a matter of necessity, especially with the onset of winter. This is especially necessary to avoid the excessive costs that will be incurred as a result of water freeze and pipe damage. The worst of the ensuing scenarios will be unavoidable repairs or replacement of water pipes, faucets and even repairs to the house foundation itself. Running into huge water bills is another matter of added concern. To avoid the unavoidable, it will be worthwhile to exercise great caution in draining away your outdoor faucet. This can be done in a series of simple, easy-to-do steps.

Tools You Need
  • Screwdriver
Step 1 - Basement Valves off

It is standard practice to fit separate shut-off valves with outside faucets, usually in the basement. Locate the shut-off valve and turn it off.

Step2 - Drain Pipe

Go outside and turn the outside faucet on, to drain water from the pipe.

Step 3 - Open the Drain Plug

Leave the faucet in the on position while you go into the basement again and locate a small cap or drain plug on the shut-off valve. Open that small cap or drain plug by turning it counterclockwise.

Step 4 - Finishing Up

Make sure that water has been drained out and close the plug or cap. Go outside and close the faucet.

How to Clean a Kitchen Sink Sprayer

Though it can be a frustrating experience when the trusted kitchen sink sprayer suddenly stops working, you may find it is easily solved by cleaning it. Even if it does work, it's still prudent to know how to clean your sprayer to keep it in good working order.

Tools and Materials Needed:
  • Old toothbrush or nail brush
  • Cup or small bowl
  • White vinegar or lemon juice
  • Wrench
  • Kitchen paper
Step 1: Dismantle

There are many points within a kitchen sink sprayer where mineral deposits and debris can build up, so take it apart to gain full access. Use a wrench to unscrew the base of the hose from where it joins the sink. It should be possible to remove the spray head by hand to access the aerator.

Step 2: Soak and Scrub

Remove the diverter from its sink recess and soak it in the cleaning solvent that you're using, along with the aerator. For stubborn deposits, use a stiff bristle brush to scrub the components. This method can also be used on the threads of the nuts.

Step 3: Reassemble

After rinsing the components in clean water and drying with kitchen paper, return them to their original position and your kitchen sink sprayer is ready to use.