The following image shows an exterior faucet that currently does not have an accessible shutoff. This home is in the southeast region of Michigan, so the faucet is exposed to freezing temperatures. I'm concerned about the possibility of the pipe freezing and cracking -- and, if it does, it will go directly into a finished basement. So, two questions:
Is there a legitimate concern of freezing and cracking? It hasn't done so yet, but it seems like an imminent risk. Thoughts?
Assuming there is a legitimate concern, is there an easy solution to get through the winter? For example, could the pipe be wrapped with heat tape and then covered from the snow?
Any other suggestions that could safely get this homeowner through an unpredictable Michigan winter?