Ice can damage outdoor hose bibbs (spigots). Hose bibbs that freeze and break can be expensive to replace, especially if the house is brick.
To prevent freezing of hose bibs, follow these steps:
Step 1 – Turn off the valve
It is critical to locate the water shut-off valve in your home first, so that you can cut your water off completely. Simply follow the pipes from the tap outside to find the valve, then turn it off entirely. Water can still enter the external hose bib if the valve isn’t completely shut off
Step 2 – Remove the hose
Next, remove the hose from the spigot to make sure it’s empty of any water. Tip the water out of the small section of the pipe until it’s completely drained. Then, store the hose inside your garage or a shed.
Step 3 – Drain the Hose Bib
Although you have shut off the valve inside your home, some water will already be in the pipes. Turn on the tap and let the water flow down the drain. If you notice that your bib is faulty, replace it before proceeding. You must get rid of this water so that it does not freeze and cause damage to your home.
Drain the bleeding valves
Then, go back inside and check your shut-off valve. Most valves are “bleeding valves,” which you can use to remove even more water. Remove the small bleeding cap, and place a small bowl under it to catch any leftover water
Step 4 – Leave the valve open
Finally, leave your tap open, and put the bung back in the bleeding valve. Completing this step ensures that, if any water enters the faucet, it will run out and not freeze.
When you want to use your hose again in the summer, switch on the shut-off valve and let the water run through. Buy a frost-free hose bib if you want to be sure your hose never freezes.
Do you need a hose bibb cover or have any questions? Please contact us, WesTech Plumbing, directly at 806-866-2382 or Request Service online.