Preventing Winter Water Leaks from the Hose Bib

Preventing Winter Water Leaks from the Hose Bib

When you look around your home’s exterior, you’ll probably find an outdoor water tap either on the front side of your home, the rear side, or both! This tap is also known as a hose spigot, a sillcock, or a hose bib. It has a threaded spout that enables homeowners to connect a hose to water their garden or use it for any outdoor activity that requires water usage.

All you need to do once you finish your chores is to turn the valve off, as the hose bib is designed to drain the excess water itself from the exterior component. It is essentially designed this way to protect itself from freezing during extreme winters as it can damage the spigot and lead to freezing of the pipers inside your home that primarily supply the water to the hose bib and cause leaks that result in costly water damage repairs.

Alarming Facts About Water Damage In The USA

  • More than 12000 people experience plumbing emergencies involving water damage at work or home each day.
  • 97% of basements in the USA have or will experience some kind of water damage during the lifespan of the premise requiring the services of an expert emergency plumber.
  • 39% of homeowners in the USA have suffered severe financial losses due to water damage, with the average cost of insurance claim amounting to $7295
  • With about 9% of homes in the USA having some type of leak that wastes about a hundred gallons of water every day, the annual water leakage amounts to over a trillion gallons.

Preventing Leaks From A Hose Bib

First things first, detach or disconnect any hoses attached to the hose bib before winters arrive. Water can’t drain out properly while the hose is attached to the spigot, so the water stuck inside can swell and freeze, leading to cracks and leakage until the unit gets replaced.

Here’s how to prevent water damage and leaks before the cold weather hits.

Step #1: Find and shut off the hose bib’s valve, usually placed inside a home’s crawlspace, utility closet, or basement.

Step #2: Detach the hose from the spigot so that the water gets drained completely and store away the hose in a protected area until spring arrives.

Step #3: Now, turn the hose bib on to allow any remaining water to flow out and leave it. In case the shutoff valve leaks, leaving it on will enable the water to escape rather than freezing inside the pipeline.

Step #4: Return where the shutoff valve is located to identify the bleeder valve, place a small bowl under it and remove the cap so that the excess water drains out. Repeat the steps for every hose bib located at your home.

Still confused? Connect with licensed local plumbers at Johnson Plumbing. As one of Reno’s leading plumbing companies, we offer an extensive range of plumbing services, including commercial plumbing, industrial plumbing, 24/7 plumbing services for emergencies, and unmatched residential plumbing services, such as residential bathroom remodeling, water heater repair, and more.

Contact us at 775-204-7780 to schedule an appointment with our residential plumbers or learn more about installing frost-free hose bibs at affordable rates!

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