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How to Winterize Your Home's Hose Bibb or Spigot by ProMaster Cincinnati

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♫ music ♫ Hi! Its Don Kennedy with ProMaster Home Repair & Handyman of Cincinnati. Today;s video is entitled, "How to Winterize Your Home's Exterior Hose Bibb." Now this is important because if you don't pay attention and perform this simple home maintenence step in the fall your pipes can freeze, causing them to burst and is responsible for a lot of basement ceiling leaks. So let's spend a few minutes together while I show you how you winterize your hose bibbs some people call them spigots. the actual technical term is called a sillcock. but in the video I'll show where to find it, where to turn off the water, and how to properly winterize this, so you don't get a leak in your basement. Here's an example of a pretty typical hose bibb. You can see it is in fact turned off. Simply turning these off for the winter isn't good enough. We have to make sure that the supply of water to these valves has been removed. The best way to convince you of the need to remove your water from the spigot is to simply show you a cross section diagram and demonstrate just how this system works. When you turn the handle on the end of the spigot, shown by the yellow arrow it's connected to a shaft which closes the valve on the other end of the spigot, inside the pipe. Given that this valve then is further inside the house where it is warmer, water behind it should not freeze. Remaining water on the outside will simply drain out the bottom of the spigot because the proper installation for these is with a slight downward slope. Of course,the idea is with no water in here, no pressure can build up and therefore the pipe can't burst. While this is a great system and it works most of the time, these valves are still prone to failure if they allow water passed, pressure builds up and then the pipe bursts. Unfortunately you're not going to discover the leak until that ice thaws. And often times it's not a gusher, it's just a slow leak the continues as water seeps passed that hose bibb. When you finally go to use your hose bibb for the first time that summer or spring that's when the gusher occurs because you turn the valve on, it lets water passed, the pipe bursts and water goes everywhere Here's an example of that very thing happening This was a hose bibb we pulled out of a home last spring. Once again the pipe burst during the winter Homeowner goes to turn on the water for the first in the spring and then notes the leak. Now sometimes your lucky if those things do gush and burst and leak everywhere. because then you'll know right away that you have a leak. Sometimes a slow, insidious leak that caused some of the damages like you see here gets in those band boards, joists, sillplates, subfloor and can cause a lot of rot and mold growth. So back to how we can prevent it. We have obviously taken the hose off the hose bibb. Here we are on the other side of that wall down in the basement you can see this shutoff valve This is extremely important, because this will remove the water supply to that valve. The proper installation for these is that those valves should be installed with a slight slope down so that when we go back outside and turn the water on to remove any remaining water in that line, it will all drain out. Lets go do that really quick. Now were on the back outside of the house of course the cat is back, cat can't do this for you get out of the picture kitty cat, ok, thank you try to move the cat out of the way. just turn the hose bibb back on just in case there is any remaining water in there sorry about the cat there but there you go now your hose bibb is winterized and you don't have to worry about it freezing, and bursting causing a basement leak. Now that we know how to winterize our hose bibbs. Lets get out there this week and make sure those are all shut down so we don't have any basement leaks. Hope you enjoyed the video. We'd love to hear your feedback. You can reach us at Of course if you would like us to come out install some shutoff valves for you. or replace any hose bibbs. You can reach us in the Cincinnati area (513)-724-0539 And as always, we would love to be your friend on Facebook. Keyword = Promaster Craftsman Happy Remodeling!

Video Details

Duration: 4 minutes and 33 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: ProMaster Home Repair & Handyman of Cincinnati
Director: Don Kennedy
Views: 259
Posted by: handymancincy on Nov 4, 2010

Cincinnati area homeowners need to remember to winterize their exterior hose bibs (also called spigots and sillcocks) before freezing weather can cause a pipe to burst. This article and video explains why a frost free sillcocks still must be winterized and how a homeowner can perform this maintenance task themselves. Failure to properly winterize a hose bibb can result in a significant interior basement water leak.

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