Freezing Hose Bibs

Temperatures are dropping so we know our first freeze is right around the corner. Is your home plumbing ready for the temperature drop?

One major thing that we see often are hose bibs that have froze and burst over the Winter and it not being discovered until warmer weather with a big water leak. Hose bibs tend to burst when the hose is left connected to the spigot through below freezing temperatures with water left in the line and when the hose bib isn’t insulated. Most plumbing in your home will be fine through the cold months but any plumbing that lies on the exterior of the home or in unheated areas such as in a garage or crawlspace is susceptible to freezing.

If you want to avoid having a burst hose bib, make sure you turn off the water to the hose bib itself if it has a separate shutoff and bleed out any water that remains in the hose bib from the outside. Make sure to disconnect the hose from the spigot and install a hose bib cover. Hose bib covers can be found at your local hardware store, are fairly inexpensive, and can save you money from damages and costly repairs in your home from a burst hose bib.

De Hart Plumbing Heating and Cooling, serving Manhattan Kansas, Junction City Kansas, Wamego Kansas, Topeka Kansas, and some surrounding areas


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