I was on an inspection Friday and noticed that the front water spicket had not been turned off for the winter.  We have been fairly fortunate so far this year in Louisville, Ky that it has not been bitter cold.  It is expected to be just that this upcoming week, so if you have not yet turned off your exterior faucets, now is the time to do that.

 Most of the handles should be accessible.  If you have a basement they should be visible. If you cannot locate them, start at the water heater and follow the cold water lines out from there and you will find them.  The shut off could be very close to the water heater, or closer to the spicket.

If your house is built on a slab, the shut offs can be below sinks or again close the water heater.  Homes on crawl spaces could have them inside the crawl space as well.  If you cannot locate the valve give me a call and I will help you find it. 

One you have turned off the interior shut off valve; you should open the exterior spicket and let any remaining water drip out.  Leave the valve open.  This simple tip could keep you from a potential burst pipe and some unwanted winter flood.