Hose Bibs and Outdoor Plumbing

Hose Bibs and Outdoor Plumbing

Did you know that proper maintenance of your exterior plumbing is equally as important as maintaining your interior plumbing? Many households underestimate the necessity of taking care of their hose bibs and outdoor plumbing. If you require hose bib replacement or repair to your outdoor plumbing contact us today!

What is a Hose Bib?

Outdoor water faucets are referred to as hose bibs. They allow you to attach garden hoses for home and lawn maintenance. The pipes of the hose bib lead to the main water supply of your house. They can be tricky to repair or install so we recommend that you contact a certified plumber to install or repair your hose bib.

Common names for hose bibs that you may hear are frost free hose bib, hose faucet, hose valve, outdoor tap, and spigot. Although you may hear these other names, they all mean the same thing!

Hose Bib

Maintaining and Winterizing Your Hose Bibs

To take care of your hose bib it is important to maintain them especially in the winter months. This is to avoid cracks and leaks. Before frost hits is it critical to remove your garden hose from your hose bib. If you do not remove the garden hose water that would normally drain out when it begins to freeze will be trapped in the hose bib. Missing this step allows your hose bib the possibility to warp or split open and it may require replacement in the spring.

If your house has a shut off valve for your outdoor faucet you will also want to shut this off for the winter which will restrict water access for the winter season. If your house does not have a shut off valve it is recommended that you turn the handle on the hose bib to drain any excess water out of the pipe.

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