A hose bib, also known as your exterior spigots, happen to be one of the most convenient tools that your home provides by leading water anywhere you need it whether it is for washing your car, watering your flowers, or filling the little pool and running the sprinkler for your children. But, did you know that this extremely useful summer tool could also lead to some major home damage if it happened to freeze over during the winter?
Step 1 – Look for leaks within your home. I know this may seem odd since it is an outdoor spigot but if you turn the hose on for the first time this spring and notice a leak that likely means you have a cracked pipe from those freezing winter temperatures. In this case, call Norfolk Plumbing ASAP because the last thing you want is that small crack to turn into a busted pipe.
Step 2 – Look for leaks in or around your exterior hose bib. Apart from being a huge, wet mess, a leaky exterior spigot when not taken care of can lead to exterior, interior, or even foundational damage to your home.
Step 3 – Complete a spring maintenance check for your hose bib. You can simply turn on the outdoor spigot and watch for leaks. Be sure to remember that if you cut off the water supply to the faucet for winter that you turn that back on first. If you see a leak try and figure out where it is coming from. If you are unsure if you have a leak or not then please call us and we will be happy to come and check for you. These leaks are not something to take lightly as they can lead to major water damage for your home.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call Norfolk Plumbing INC.