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Its cold outside... The scoop on Frost Free Hose Bibs

Posted on January 10, 2015 at 1:03 PM
They Myth/Truth about Frost Free hose Bibs

Frost Free Hose Bibs are Great and a lot of houses have them. They are great for the winter season since there is no need to shut the water off to the Valve and drain the water from them. How it works it that the valve that opens the water to the faucet is inside the house in a conditioned /Heated space. However, there is a possible issue with them if you leave your hose hooked up.

What? Huh? 
 I have replaced some of these "Frost Free" Faucets that have burst/cracked/split due to the hose being attached that still had water in it. What happens is the water in the hose starts to Freeze in the cold weather and has no place to go. It cracks the body of the valve and causes a little leak and generally stops when the water in that area has run out. A lot of people miss this little leak in the Winter and don't see any evidence of a leak. However, they notice it in the Spring when they turn the hose on and water is running inside of there house instead of outside. So if your hoses are still hooked up outside disconnect them. If you have a concern, you can investigate this by taking a look at the valve assembly and inspecting it for cracks/splits from inside your house.


I would love to hear your thoughts/suggestions/stories and comments.




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31 Comments

Reply John Devlin
2:30 AM on January 11, 2015 
As Jeff knows, this actually occurred when he was building my deck last year. At the time he was about to mix concrete for the footers. If you remember it got really cold in December of 2013 so I turned off the shut off valve to the back faucet but didn't disconnect or drain the hose. When we turned on the water to add to the concrete, water poured from behind the siding.
This is a great reminder from Jeff.
Reply Jeff Boyer
9:05 PM on January 11, 2015 
John Devlin says...
As Jeff knows, this actually occurred when he was building my deck last year. At the time he was about to mix concrete for the footers. If you remember it got really cold in December of 2013 so I turned off the shut off valve to the back faucet but didn't disconnect or drain the hose. When we turned on the water to add to the concrete, water poured from behind the siding.
This is a great reminder from Jeff.

Thanks for your post!
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I have heard these Frost Free hose Bibs from my friends a lot of times, but I was hesitant to use it because a lot of products have made the same promises but as always these just stays only as promises. But because I often have a problem with my faucet freezing from the cold and since my friends who have actually used the product gave good reviews, I began to use it. And I am very satisfied with the product. Continue doing a great job!
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As Jeff knows, this actually occurred when he was building my deck last year. At the time he was about to mix concrete for the footers. If you remember it got really cold in December of 2013 so I turned off the shut off valve to the back faucet but didn't disconnect or drain the hose. When we turned on the water to add to the concrete, water poured from behind the siding.
This is a great reminder from Jeff.

This is actually one of the things that will surely happen if it is cold outside. I haven't witnessed this in person yet but I already have some idea on how it works because of the videos that I am watching in my social media accounts. But of course, I am still hoping to learn more about it. And it is a good thing because I was able to check this and discover the things that I need to know about this kind of situation. Thank you so much for the information. I am looking forward to learn more about you.
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I would like to get more information about Frost Free Hose Bibs. Are you able to send me a brochure that contains all of the relevant information about this product? I am not really sure if Frost Free Hose Bibs would work well for our household. Are your home improvement experts available to take a look at my house so they can determine if Frost Free Hose Bibs are suitable for my house? Also, please get back to me with a quoted price for the house inspection service that I requested. Thanks.
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