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How To Check Your Outdoor Hose Bibb For Leaks

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Posted on: April 2, 2015

We’re happy to report that warm weather is ahead, and we can (hopefully) put this past winter behind us.  If you’re planning on doing some spring cleaning outside this month, you’ll more than likely need to turn your outdoor faucet (commonly known as a hose bibb) back on.

The winter weather temperatures may have caused some models of hose bibbs to crack. If the problem isn’t caught early enough, all that water leaking from your outdoor faucet can result in water damage and allow for mold to potentially grow inside your home…not to mention all the wasted water and energy!

Follow These Steps Before Turning Your Water On

Steps To Check Your Hose Bibb

Follow these simple steps to see if your hose bib was damaged this past winter:

  1. Place your thumb over the spigot. If you have small thumbs, you may want to use your whole hand to cover the opening.
  2. Turn the water on
  3. If you can hold the water in, with your hand or thumb, that means there is a crack somewhere in the piping and water is leaking out.
  4. However, if you feel a lot of pressure and you can’t hold back the water, you should be fine!

 

If Your Hose Bibb Is Still Leaking

At Len The Plumber, we’ve seen all too often what can happen to outdoor faucets affected by cold winters, the problem doesn’t always reveal itself until spring. A leaky hose bibb or cracked supply line can result in damage to your home and also an increase in your water bill.  To read more about our hose bibb repair and replacement options, click here.

If you suspect that you have a water leak, give us a call today to diagnose the problem. We can even install a frost-proof outdoor hose faucet and our technician will teach you how to properly winterize your new fixture.

We’re here to provide you with Same Day Service, 7 Days A Week—and remember, there’s never an extra charge for evening or weekend service. 

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