Hose Bib Repair and Replacement
When you go outside to water your lawn or garden, are you the first thing that gets sprayed by water squirting every which way from the spigot? If so, you might need a hose bib repair or replacement.
Has your water bill been increasing and you’ve not noticed any leaks inside your home? If so, you might need a hose bib repair or replacement.
A hose bib can be referred to as a spigot, outdoor faucet, hose faucet or sillcock. They all perform the same function – supplying water outside from your home. As with any water fixture, hose bibs can wear down over time – especially if they’ve been forgotten in the winter.
At All Clear Plumbing, hose bib repair and replacement is one of the many plumbing services we offer.
Figuring out the problem
Before you begin to attempt to repair or replace a hose bib, it’s important to make sure you know exactly what’s causing the leak(s). First, you should check the hose before the hose bib.
It could be that your hose isn’t connected tight enough to the bib. Another factor within the hose that could cause leaks at the bib could be the lack of a hose washer or an old one that is rotting away.
If your connection is secure, unscrew the hose and look inside for the washer – a round rubber or plastic ring within the connection. If there is none or it’s chipping away it should be replaced. Hose washers can be found at most home improvement stores.
If everything in the hose checks out, you likely do need a hose bib repair or replacement.
A Google or YouTube search for “hose bib” should yield quite a few how-to guides for fixing or replacing a damaged hose bib. The videos and steps can make these fixes or replacements seem easy. However, even the most talented do-it-yourselfer could admit that DIY jobs aren’t as always as easy as they seem.
For a professional hose bib repair or replacement, All Clear Plumbing has the experts you need. Our plumbing crews can do these jobs expeditiously and at a reasonable cost.
A great way to care for hose bibs is to make sure they’re protected in the winter. If you have a valve that controls flow to your outside spigot, you should consider shutting it off before the first freeze of the winter season. Additionally, you can purchase insulated faucet socks that wrap around the bib with fasteners to secure them in place.
If you haven’t had to water anything outside during the fall, it’s easy to forget about taking care of your hose bib before winter. An outrageous water bill thanks to a leaky or frozen hose bib could be the worst reminder you receive.
There are a variety of hose bibs to choose from these days, including frost-proof ones. One call to All Clear Plumbing and one of our plumbing crews can have your new one installed or old one repaired in no time.
For any of your plumbing needs, call All Clear Plumbing today at 864-979-7059.
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