Hose bibs, also known as outside spigots or outdoor faucets are located on the exterior of your house or place of business, usually connected to a garden hose. Outside hose bibs often leak. Leaks can be caused by faulty washers or lose nuts….. Leaking water spigots can cause you tons of money. Think of all the water leaking day and night for countless hours. Often times, in the winter hose bibs colder climates need to turn off the water to their hose bibs to prevent damage and flooding when the weather drops below freezing.
First and foremost, disconnect the garden hose from the outside faucet. If you leave your garden hose attached to the faucet, you’re asking for trouble. A rule of thumb is that if the faucet has a knob that’s perpendicular to the house, it’s frost-free. The knob turns a long stem that closes a valve inside the house where it’s warm. If the knob is at a 45 degree angle, it’s not frost free, and it needs to be winterized. To know for sure whether a faucet is frost-free or not, look up inside the spout. On a frost-free faucet, all you’ll be able to see is a metal stem. On a faucet that isn’t frost free, you’ll be able to see the valve components open and close when the handle is turned. The images below show a faucet that is not frost-free.
There are frost-proof hose bibs or spigots which eliminate the need be turned off in the fall. If you have a frost-proof hose bib or outside spigot no worries. If not contact Res-Q plumbing for your outside faucet needs.