Hose bibs are outdoor faucets that carry water from your indoor systems
outside. Commonly found on the side of your home, a hose bib allows you
to attach a hose to direct water where you need it most, often for such
activities as watering plants and washing cars. Like all water faucets,
hose bibs can have problems when not properly cared for. Because they
are typically exposed to harsh elements, problems with hose bibs can be
worse than minor leaks.
The most common problems with hose bibs include:
- Leaks: That continual dripping, even after you have tried to shut the spigot
off, is one of the most annoying outdoor water problems a homeowner can
have. Often, the shutoff valve within the mechanism simply does not work
properly and the resulting pressure will force water through.
- Freezing: Another problem happens when water in the hose bib freezes during
cold weather, expanding and cracking the bib so it no longer functions
properly. Once temperatures warm up and the pipes thaw, a broken faucet
will leak incessantly.
- Breaking of the handle due to rust or corrosion is a third common issue,
leading to an inability to turn the hose bib on or off. This can be especially
bad if the handle breaks while water is flowing, as the only way to solve
the problem involves turning off the water at the source completely.
If you are experiencing any of these problems, it may be time to get a
new outdoor faucet. If your hose bib has not shown any signs of damage,
keep these key preventive measures in mind:
- Newer hose bibs function differently from older models in that turning
the handle shuts off the water inside the house, as opposed to simply
shutting off the outlet. This will prevent water from freezing in the
winter and cracking the hose bib.
- In some models, it is possible to turn off water lines leading outside,
so before temperatures drop below freezing you can stop any water going
toward the outdoor lines and drain the excess from the hose bib.
- Disconnecting the hose from the faucet whenever it is not in use is another
way to ensure the internal mechanisms of the hose bib don't crack
or break due to extended pressure.
- Checking your hose bib regularly for broken washers, seals, nuts, and other
small parts will help you prevent leaks or other damage. Replace any damaged
or missing parts immediately to keep your hose bib from developing bigger
The newest hose bib on the market satisfies all of these requirements.
If your home requires a new hose bib, you are in luck, as a number of
improvements have been made. The newest model comes with a shut-off valve
that stops water inside the home and keeps it from freezing. Unlike an
older shut-off valve, the quarter turn valve does not require multiple
turns, which ensures a quicker and more secure operation. The rubber-coated
handle helps protect against rust and corrosion and is easier to grip.
Contact The Eco Plumbers if you have questions about hose bibs and our services.