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Old 10-08-2011, 01:53 PM   #1
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Outdoor spigot question


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I am a new home owner. My home has an in ground sprinkler system that is tied into an outdoor spigot. On the inside of the house, very close to where the outdoor spigot and sprintler system plumbing is located, there is an access panel in my finished basement. It has the water line that feeds the outdoor spigot and therefore sprinkler system.

I noticed that there is another spigot in the access panel which seems very odd to me. Is that normal, what is it for? Is it sprinker related? It does not shut off the outside spigot from what I can tell. The main shutoff valve for my two outdoor spigots (one on each side of the house) is right above my water heater.

Any thoughts? Maybe it was just installed 'just incase' someone needed water in the basement? There is also a 3/4 bath + furnace utility room, etc downstairs...



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Old 10-08-2011, 03:59 PM   #2
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I would say that was installed to be used as a drain for the water system.
If your in an area that has very cold winters , it is common to have a drain on the water supply in the house.

If you need to winterize, you could shut the water main off, hook a hose up to that valve and drain the whole system down.
Then you would have no worries of frozen and broken pipes.


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Old 10-08-2011, 04:16 PM   #3
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Hm, yeah, that could be. I am in MN, USA where it gets very cold in the winter.

It seems that it would be best to have something like that installed by the main shut off for outdoor water. The valve in the photo is near grade level and the main shut off for outdoor water is about 2-3" lower than that and located in the furnace room.

Thanks for the reply.
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