<< It seems to me if the pipes
are going to burst it would happen when in first freeze >>
You got that right, Dude. But there may be enough escaping house heat in the
sillcock area to keep it from happening the first time, or second, but then
comes the BIG CHILL and you have a problem. It's easy to forget about the
outside hoses, so a shutoff valve in the sillcock line is a neat idea to make
<< Is there any way to tell if the pipes are broken other than
turning on the faucets and seeing if we get water in our basement?! >>
Best way I know of, but only turn them on briefly.
<< is this something we should demand is fixed by the current owners before we
You'd not buy a used car without appropriate repairs, so no reason to accept a
house with problems, even if the repair cost is moderate. Moral to the story,
disconnect hoses so the sill cock is drained of water exposed to chill breezes.
But you knew that already, so congratulations. HTH