It’s Bib Time!

Each year, just about November, homeowners living in colder climates must think about a simple winterizing job.

And if you don’t live in colder climates, read on… because this will help you feel better about where you choose to hang your hat!

When winter comes along, most think about what they can do to keep their house warm and draft-free. They make sure any weather stripping is in good shape; they have the furnace and/or fireplace inspected; and perhaps have the ductwork cleaned.

What many don’t consider is what’s outside, such as the hose attached to the hose bib on the side of the home. You know, what you used nearly every day to water the lawn, garden, and flowers.

Remember, water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, and while that may not feel so cold to you as you wear a light sweater or jacket, it’s enough for ice to form and pressure to build up in the hose bib.

When that happens, the pressure that builds up can damage the hose bib and break it.

You might be saying, “I have a frost-free hose bib” — and while that is good and even better than a traditional hose bib, don’t trust it too much. They have been known to fail and cause flooding in homes.

Now, you might be wondering why all the fuss. The hose bib might freeze and break and… it might not. If it does break, nothing really happens all winter and you just might think all is well. The problem is in the spring. When that hose bib is turned on, the break from the frozen water is back in the wall, not outside the wall where you hook up the hose. So as you are merrily watering away during a nice, spring day, you are also watering the inside of your home, perhaps flooding your basement with water.

You can test your hose bib easily in the spring. Hook up your hose, crimp it, and turn on your hose bib. Listen carefully. If you hear water running in the wall, quickly turn it off. You have a break and probably need the services of a plumber.

But if the worst happens, and you do have any type of flooding in your home —  no matter the source — do the smart thing. Call your water damage company. After all, it pays to call a pro!

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