A plumbing tip and a lesson, what is a hose bib? Hose bibs have many names: exterior spigots, shut-off valves, silcocks and even hose hydrants. They are one of the most convenient tools on your house, providing water for landscaping, washing the car, and filling the kiddie pool. But they can also be a source of serious damage to your home, especially if they froze during the winter. We’ve shared a few tips below for a DIY assessment on bib hose health. If you should find you need a professional plumber to fix your exterior faucets, look no farther than All About Plumbing and Septic, your best choice in Asheville/Hendersonville, NC for professional plumbing service.
Look for Interior Water Damage. This may sound counter-intuitive, but if you notice a leak the first time you turn on the hose, you probably have a cracked pipe from winter temperatures. If you notice a leak, you may need a professional plumber’s aid.
Check the Hose Bib for Exterior Leaks. Besides leaky exterior faucets being a wet, messy nuisance, they can cause serious damage to the exterior, interior (or worse, the foundation!) of your home. Don’t ignore a leaky hose bib. Call us today for help.
DIY Hose Bib Spring Maintenance. If you shut off the exterior faucet water supply for winter, simply reopen the supply valves, then turn on the hose bib and watch for leaks. There are different ways homes are plumbed, so feel free to give us a call if you’re unsure what to do.
If you see a leak, try to figure out where it is coming from. Leaky handles usually call for washer replacement, and tightening the packing nut. Drippy bibs usually need the washer replaced, but if the faucet runs even when the handle is shut off, the valve seat is bad and you need to replace the entire hose bib. When leaks originate on the stem, behind the wall, the entire hose bib needs to be replaced. If DIY is a little intimidating, give us a call. We can help with all these issues.
Spring hose bib maintenance is essential for ensuring you have a properly working exterior water supply, and to prevent serious water damage issues. Because we had many below-freezing winter days this year, chances are pretty high that you’ll have leaky faucet issues. All About Plumbing and Septic, proudly serving the greater Asheville and Hendersonville, NC area, is your best choice for honest, quality plumbing. Give us a call today!