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August - 2011

Frost Free Hose Bibs

Frost Free Doesn't Mean Precaution Free

Frost free hose bibs are a necessity if you live in NE Ohio and want (or need) an outside water spigot. The frost free hose bib is designed to drain the water out of the section that will be exposed to the cold weather. During cold weath-er, if there is water remaining in the hose bib, the water will freeze. Because water expands when it freezes, this can cause serious problems, specifically, a cracked or split pipe that will begin leaking the next time that you turn on the outside spigot.

Even frost free hose bibs freeze and split from time to time. However, there are certain precautions that you can take to make sure that your hose bib has a long life.

The number one, most important thing that you can do to prevent your hose bib from splitting is to remove your hose from the spigot before tempera-tures drop below freezing. The reason why this is important is simple; with the hose attached, the frost free hose bib cannot drain the water as it is in-tended. The water remaining in the hose will eventually freeze and expand. If the water freezes in the spigot or pipe, it will most likely cause the spigot to fail.

Another common mistake that people make is leaving attachments such as splitters or quick releases on the end of the spigot. These also do not allow the water to drain from the spigot and will cause problems.

In addition, if the spigot has a slow drip, the drip will freeze around the spigot and ice will continue to build up. This can be the most damaging in terms of eventual repair.

Finally, make sure your frost free hose bib is installed correctly! As mentioned before, they are designed to drain the front section, but if the frost free hose bib is pitching inward (into the home) it will not be able to drain, and the water will be trapped, causing the frost free hose bib to split.

If your frost free hose bib has frozen or if your basement has filled with water when you turned on the outside spigot for the first time, call Monroe Plumbing immediately. We can fix the problem and advise you on how to avoid this kind of repair in the future.

Source: http://www.elocalplumbers.com http://masterplumber.net

Have concerns about your hose bib and need it repaired or replaced? Call the Service Dept. at Monroe Plumbing 1-877-PLUMB-41 or 440-708-0006

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August - 2011

Frost Free Doesn't Mean Precaution Free

Frost free hose bibs are a necessity if you live in NE Ohio and want (or need) an outside water spigot. The frost free hose bib is designed to drain the water out of the section that will be exposed to the cold weather. During cold weath-er, if there is water remaining in the hose bib, the water will freeze. Download Article

July - 2011

Water Heater Heat Traps

A heat trap is a device or, method of piping used to limit the loss of heat from a water heater by convection or, thermo syphoning up through the pipes entering or leaving the water heater. Many codes require the installation of heat traps to save on energy costs. Heat trap valves can reduce.. Download Article

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