The Dangers of Frozen Hose Bibs

Hose bibs are handy in the summer months, but during winter, if not taken care of properly, can become a nuisance. Temperatures are rapidly dropping in the Treasure Valley, and homeowners need to disconnect their hoses from hose bibs before everything freezes over.

The hose bib valve is usually recessed inside the wall, with the handle and connection pipe on the exterior. The exposed faucet drains when turned off, expelling water from the pipes. However, with a hose attached, the hose bib isn’t able to drain. The water that is stuck in the faucet will freeze when temperature drops low enough, and can cause the pipes inside of the house to burst.

When the weather warms back up and the valve gets turned back on, it can cause leakage. Damage from these water leaks can spread quickly and often go unnoticed especially if the pipes are in a basement area.

Frozen pipes that burst can cause enough damage to require the home be re-piped. All Star Plumbing and Restoration can determine if this is necessary by examining the homes pipes. Along with re-piping, they can seal cracks, and thaw frozen pipes to minimize damage and prevent more water damage from happening.

If the hose has been left attached throughout the winter, homeowners should make sure there is no leaking when they turn on the valve for the first time. If the pipes do become damaged, call All Star Plumbing and Restoration.

Taking precautions before winter hits could save homeowners a lot of stress and money with their pipes. Here are a few ways All Star recommends keeping pipes from freezing:

  1. Draining water from pools, sprinklers, and outdoor piping
  2. Letting the water run frequently
  3. Keeping pipes heated

Learn more about keeping pipes from freezing on All Star Plumbing and Restoration’s website. They’re also available for emergency plumbing services 24/7 is pipes do freeze after business hours.

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