How to Winterize an Outdoor Shower

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Coat the area where the shower head connects to the pipe with a spray-on lubricant to ease removal.


If your outdoor shower's water supply is a simple hose, unscrew the hose at both ends, drain the water out and store the hose indoors over winter.

Prepare your outdoor shower for harsh winter weather before the first frost.

During the summer, your outdoor shower brings cooling relief from the heat and a practical way to tidy up after working and playing outside. But when the cold of winter arrives, freezing temperatures will burst pipes and damage the shower's hardware unless this outdoor amenity is winterized. Include the garden shower on your list of outdoor maintenance tasks for late autumn. With thorough preparation, you'll be ready to return your shower to full use within minutes when warmer weather returns in the spring.

Step 1

Locate the valves on the hot- and cold-water pipes that run to the outdoor shower. Turn each valve handle to the left until the handle won't move any further to shut off the water supply.

Step 2

Turn the shower faucet handles to the "on" position. Let the water run freely, draining the pipes. Leave the faucet in the "on" position to prevent any remaining moisture in the pipes from accumulating and expanding to burst the pipes under freezing conditions.

Step 3

Remove the shower head by gently twisting it off the overhead pipe. Invert the shower head to drain out any water. Store this piece of hardware indoors until spring when you set up the outdoor shower again.

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Denise Schoonhoven

Denise Schoonhoven

Denise Schoonhoven has worked in the fields of acoustics, biomedical products, electric cable heating and marketing communications. She studied at Newbold College and Middlesex Polytechnic in the UK, and Walla Walla University. A writer since 2008, Schoonhoven is a seasoned business traveler, solo tourist, gardener and home renovator.