A chipped or broken hose bib is not uncommon; it may occur after a winter freeze, particularly if the part is old. Don’t let it remain that way very long and don’t trust the temporary fix. Call us for a hose bib replacement in Franklin, Cashiers, and Highlands, NC, at (828) 229-2727, and we can have your hose functioning again perfectly in no time.
What is a Hose Bib?
The hose bib is the water faucet attached to the exterior side of your home. It’s also called an outdoor spigot and is the part to which you attach your garden hose. During winter, it is advisable to turn off the water there to avoid freeze-related damage that can clog and crack your bib.
What Causes Broken Hose Bibs?
The most common cause of a leaking hose bib is freezing water. Though the part is designed to handle some excess water and frost, too much frozen water expansion inside the hose bib will cause splitting. A little dripping immediately after a thaw is normal. However, if your hose bib is damaged, you could end up with a constant drip, or excess water around your home. This leads to the potential for water damage to your house and foundation.
The signs that you need to replace a hose bib could be both small and large. If you notice that the water never really stops dripping from your hose attachment, no matter how much you adjust the hose, that could be a sign. It could be more subtle; you may notice a streak of water and mold on the wall that never seems to dry. At other times, it will be more obvious; when you use the hose, the connection may leak heavily, or spray, and you cannot make it stop.
How is a Hose Bib Fixed?
Simply put, we will disconnect and replace the hose bib with a new one. However, the process is sometimes a little more of a hassle than homeowners would like to tackle. The water must be shut off, the right type and length of connection determined, and inserted, and a few other steps. Thus, it’s best to call a professional plumber to help you with this task.