Hose bibs are an integral part of the household. They’re what makes your washing, gardening, car washing, and life easier. They’re responsible for the sprinkler fun you have with your kids in the garden. They’re what allows running water outside your house with complete ease. In most cases, they’re attached to the side of the house. Out of sight, out of mind.
However, like any other device—hose bibs cause problems if they’re not maintained properly. They face severe weather elements around the year and damage can worsen over time. This may cause serious harm to your home by contaminating your water. This is especially true during the winter.
What Does A Hose Bib Do?
A hose bib is a tiny, almost unnoticeable faucet that’s attached to the outside of your home. It facilitates your access to water outside for performing various activities. It attaches to your garden hose and has different names such as spigot, sillcock, or outdoor water faucet. It’s connected directly to the plumbing system in your home.
What Problems Can A Hose Bib Face?
There are several problems a hose bib can face, especially during winter. The first one is freezing—when hose bibs freeze, they can get warped. They can also expand due to the cold, which in turn leads to tiny fissures in the material. When the winter months are over, this cracking will cause leaking. If the cracking is severe, the chances are that the leaking will continue even if the hose bib is shut off. Over time, this could cause water damage to the foundation, costing you thousands of dollars in repair. At this point, your best bet is to replace your hose bib.
How Do I Maintain A Hose Bib?
You’ll need to start taking care of your hose bib for the forthcoming winter months if you don’t want it damaged. Before the winter ice hits, remove your garden hose from your hose bib. This is essential as it traps the water that would’ve normally drained out and cause it to freeze. If the water freezes, your hose bib will probably split open and trouble you in the springtime.
The next thing to do is to switch off all water access to the hose bib for the entire winter season. There will probably a specific valve for this. Afterward, you’ll have to turn the handle of the hose bib. This is to drain out any remaining water that’s still in there. To do this, the hose bib’s spout must be installed at a lower position than your access to water. This will make sure that all the water drips out, so you’re your hose bib can enjoy an ice-free winter.
If you don’t have a shut-off valve or are unsure how to drain the water, call a professional to help you with maintenance. At Johnson Plumbing, our team works tirelessly to address all your plumbing problems. We’re a licensed company with over 20 years of experience and offer the best residential and commercial plumbing services in all of Reno.
Contact us at 775-204-7780 or schedule our services online.