While you may not have heard the term previously, a hose bib (or bibb) is nothing more than an outdoor faucet. When you need to access water on the outside of your home for any reason – such as watering the lawn, washing the car, etc. – you are going to turn to your outdoor faucet spigot. Of course, that access point needs to be in proper working order for you to get the flow you need to get the job done. If you are currently having any problems around your Baltimore, MD area home with hose bib issues, please call Atlantic Mechanical today for help.
Along with leaking, the classic problem you can experience with a hose bib is freezing. The temperatures can quickly drop below the freezing mark in Maryland during the winter months, meaning any water that is near the exterior of your home may freeze. When the water freezes, it expands, and the hose bib is likely to be damaged. This is a common problem in older homes, so don’t hesitate to ask for help if you think water near your outdoor faucets may be freezing during the long winter.
Fortunately, there is a modern solution to this old problem – the frost free hose bib. The solution used by a frost free bib is simple, yet extremely effective. With this design, the water is actually stopped several inches back from the end of the faucet, meaning it remains in the insulated part of your home. Without being so close to the outdoors, the water shouldn’t freeze and you should have no issues with your outdoor faucets. Frost free hose bibs should be used in any area where freezing temperatures are possible in the winter months, and that certainly applies to Baltimore, Maryland and surrounding communities.
Thank you for taking time to learn a little about the outdoor faucets that surround your home. If you are having trouble with your hose bibs currently, or if you are worried about your old hose bibs freezing during the coming winter, call Atlantic Mechanical today for help. We have an experienced team ready to get to work for you, and there is no plumbing job outside of our abilities. We look forward to serving you!