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Your hose bib can run water from the inside of your house to the outside for various purposes. When you have a leaky hose bib, your water bill will increase because water is dripping to the ground and not being used. When you have a frozen hose bib, you might end up with cracked pipes, water damage, water pressure problems, and indoor water leaks. At Puget Sound Plumbing and Heating, we offer fast, reliable hose bib repair in Seattle, WA. No matter what type of hose bib problem, we can quickly diagnose the issue and find a solution. Whether you need us to unfreeze a hose bib, repair a leaking hose bib, or provide expert hose bib maintenance or hose bib replacement, just call us today or contact us online.

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What Is a Hose Bib?

Your outdoor faucet or spigot, called a hose bib, can supply water to your garden hose or washing machine hose. The hose bib is connected to your home’s entire plumbing system, so if it develops a problem, it might also affect your interior water supply. If no hose is attached to your hose bib, you can use it to fill a bucket with water, attach a sprinkler system, or rinse dirt off pets or children before they come back into the house.

What Causes a Leaky Hose Bib?

Your hose bib should have a rubber or neoprene washer on the end, which acts as a seal to stop the water flow. It should also have waterproof tape wrapped underneath the packing nut at the end of the nozzle. If either fitting becomes old, cracked, damaged, or worn out, you may develop a leaky hose bib. In rare cases, an old hose bib might develop a crack in the body or the faucet or valve seat damage, which would require complete hose bib replacement. In most cases, you can call a plumber for a leaky hose bib fix, which may just mean replacing the washer and/or waterproof tape.

Why Your Home’s Pipes Break When a Hose Bib Freezes

If your hose bib freezes, water pressure builds up in the pipes leading into your home. Over time, sometimes very quickly, this water pressure can cause cracked or broken pipes. The frozen water in the exterior pipes or pipes closest to the hose bib may also cause pipe damage or a burst pipe because water expands as it freezes. Your pipes may not be able to contain the added size and volume of the frozen water. A frozen hose bib can even cause the main flow of water to spray inside your home, leading to flooding and water damage.


How to Unfreeze a Hose Bib

You can prevent your hose bib from freezing in the winter by asking your plumber to install a frost-free hose bib. A frost-free hose bib has a longer pipe, and the shutoff valve is located further in your house where the temperature is consistently warmer than outside. A plumber specializing in hose bib replacement will ensure that the hose bib is at the right angle, so water won’t drain toward your home’s foundation.

If a frozen hose bib hasn’t yet caused any problems with your plumbing, you can unfreeze a hose bib yourself. If a hose is attached to the hose bib, remove it if possible. You should also open the spigot if you can. Next, wrap the hose bib with rags or towels. Pour boiling water over the towels and hose bib slowly in a thin stream. Monitor the spigot to see if the water starts trickling out. If you couldn’t remove the hose or turn the spigot before, try again now. Keep repeating this process until water flows from the hose bib. Leave the spigot open until you see that it has reached full flow.

Hose Bib Replacement or Repair a Leaking Hose Bib?

Usually, your plumber can repair a leaking hose bib by replacing the rubber washer, applying new waterproof tape, and tightening the hose bib elements. If your hose bib has a crack in its body, or if there is extensive damage to the faucet or valve seat, replacing the hose bib will be more cost-effective. Your plumber can quickly complete the hose bib replacement so you can use your hose bib again. At Puget Sound Plumbing and Heating, we always try to find the most cost-effective and affordable solution for your hose bib problems. We won’t ever recommend hose bib replacement unless it is really necessary.

Necessary Hose Bib Maintenance

You can winterize your hose bib at the end of fall or the start of winter to prevent it from freezing. Shut off the valve that feeds your hose bib, and then turn on the hose bib to drain all remaining water. Leave the spigot open, and go back to the shutoff valve. Put a bucket or pan under the bleeder cap and loosen it to drain all remaining water. You can also ask your plumber about installing a frost-proof hose bib. In the spring or when warmer weather arrives, you can turn the water supply back on and check for leaks in your home. Then check your hose bib for leaks or drips. If you notice any leaks, call us at Puget Sound Plumbing and Heating, and we’ll fix them immediately.


Need a Leaky Hose Bib Fix in Seattle, WA?

If you need a leaky hose bib fix in Seattle, WA, call us today at Puget Sound Plumbing and Heating. Repairing a leaking hose bib is usually a simple, fast fix. We also offer hose bib maintenance and hose bib repairs that you can trust. We are always transparent about our repair, maintenance, and installation costs and operate with honesty and integrity in all areas of our business. Just call us today or contact us online for hose bib repair or frost-free hose bib replacement.


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