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Hose Bib Installation and Repair
Although you can access water from several places on the inside of your house, there are only one or two places to access it on the outside of your house, and these spigots are called outside hose bibs. A well-placed outside hose bib will allow you to water your garden, wash your car and create a slip-n-slide for your kids easily, without having to tug too much on your garden hose. But unfortunately, existing outside hose bibs aren’t always located in the most convenient places.
You can, of course, install a new outside hose bib on your own, but this will require you to install a tee fitting in your home’s pipe that supplies cold water, and not every homeowner is up for this challenge. When you are looking to install a new outside hose bib, or you need to repair or replace an existing one, you need to call the expert plumbers at Culler Plumbing Services.
We are proud to say that we have put together a team of elite plumbers. With over twenty years of experience in the plumbing industry, you can rest assured that we are ready to handle all of your plumbing needs, whether they be big or small. We can provide you with the professional service that you need for your outside hose bibs quickly and without trouble.
Not every homeowner is up to the task of installing, repairing or replacing an outside hose bib, and if you want to get the job done right the first time, your best bet is to call the experts at Culler Plumbing Services. We offer prompt, professional plumbing services at an affordable price. Get your free quote today!
Common Hose Bib Problems
Outdoor house bibs, commonly referred to as spigots or outside faucets, are a modern residential plumbing convenience that isn’t impervious to issues. These low-maintenance marvels are easy to use and provide a source of water outside, but they do require some attention and routine maintenance. Some common hose bib problems include:
Where there is water in Illinois, there will be ice. Outside hose bibs are especially prone to freezing and cracking when hoses are left attached. The water that has settled in the hose freezes and expands, potentially causing damage to the faucet and plumbing line. You can avoid freezing damage by simply unhooking your hose each time you are done using it. It is also a good idea to perform an inspection to ensure the faucet is correctly installed and properly winterized.
Leaks are common anywhere there are cracks or poor connections in plumbing lines. This can also occur when the shut-off valve doesn’t secure tightly enough, or a hose is improperly attached and the hose bib is left on. In addition to wasting water, hose bib leaks can cause significant damage to the foundation of your home, especially when it goes unnoticed for some time.
Broken handles can cause all sorts of problems, including leaks the inability to completely shut the water flow off. If your hose bib or outdoor faucet has a broken handle, you should cut the water source that supplies it and fix it immediately. As we discussed above, even a small water leak can cause significant damage.
Low water pressure
Low water pressure is common but is not normal. Low outdoor water pressure can mean one of several things. The best-case scenario is that it is competing with another water source and is sharing pressure. The worst-case scenario is there is a water line break or leak. Other causes of low water pressure include a poorly functioning valve or a pipe obstruction, both of which may not impact the pressure, but how it escapes. If left unresolved, this may cause the system to burst, so it is best to check it out.
Things Every Homeowner Should Know About Their Outside Faucets
The good news is outdoor hose bibs are pretty simple. The not-so-bad news is, there are a few things you should know about them as a responsible homeowner who has no interest in major plumbing problems.
Turn off hose bibs when not in use.
Simple enough, hose bibs should never be left on when not in use. Just because it is hooked up to a sprayer or sprinkler head that is not turned on, does not mean that it is a good idea to leave the water source on. This can cause behind the scenes pressure that can contribute to pipe breaks, connection leaks, and potential bursts. It is best practice to turn the water off when it is not in use.
Disconnect hoses and winterize.
On the same thought of turning the water off when it is not in use, it is a great idea to disconnect the hose tubing from the hose bib or faucet. This prevents you from forgetting that the water is running and helps prevent damage when the temperature drops below freezing. You can leave the hose in the vicinity of the hose bib, just detach it when you don’t need it. This allows both the hose bib and the hose to drain enough water then, in the event of a freeze, it should not cause damage.
Know where the main water source is and how to turn it off.
Every homeowner should know where the main water shutoff is for their home’s plumbing supply. If you have a separate outdoor water source, such as a non-potable water supply, you should know how to turn it off and be able to do so in the event of a leak. Even if you don’t know how each part of your plumbing system works, knowing how to turn off the water will buy you some time to enlist the services of your plumber in the event of a plumbing emergency or a leak.
At Culler Plumbing Services, we can help correct outdoor plumbing problems, perform routine maintenance, or simply help you understand your residential plumbing system and how to avoid plumbing nightmares. Our local plumbers have been serving the Metro East Illinois area for more than 25 years and have the skills and tools to keep your water running smooth. Contact us to schedule your plumbing service today.