Frost-Free Hose Bibbs: The Only Code Approved Choice for Outside Faucets
Freeze Danger for Outside Water Faucets: An outdoor garden hose faucet sits on the exterior wall of your home. When the temperature outside drops below freezing, the water in an outdoor faucet may freeze, and the faucet or the pipe that connects to it can burst or rupture, leading to flooding in the house's basement. Every spring thaw we receive many calls regarding this problem and want to prevent this from happening to you.
Winterizing Outside Water Faucets:
You can prevent water damage to your home by winterizing your outside faucets each Fall. Turning off the water supply to your outside faucets and draining them through the shut-off valves' small bleeder cap is the best way to prevent this problem with the old style valves. This shut off/bleeder valve is normally located in the basement ceiling just inside your hose faucets' exterior location. If this shut off valve has not been used in a while it may not cooperate and require replacement with our new, easy turn, lever handled ball valves with bleeder.
The Frost-Free Difference:
Frost-free faucets, sometimes known as freeze-proof faucets, are not only recommended by required by Wisconsin State Plumbing Code. While they work in the same way as your ordinary outdoor faucet they also have the added benefit of having a shut off valve located inside the home basement. Shutting off the water before reaching the spout outside of the house keeps the water warm enough to prevent any freezing during those cold winter months which could cause ruptured or burst pipes leading to a disaster in your home.
In the event you need an outside faucet replaced, the frost-free hose bibb is the only legal option under Wisconsin Plumbing Code. Sooner or later, you will need to upgrade so give us a call and enjoy the benefits today!
The diagram below shows the difference between a regular outside faucet and the Code-Compliant frost-free outside faucet.
Benefits of a Frost-Free Outside Faucet:
A frost-free outside faucet is designed so that the pipe extends through the side wall of the house, and combined with the flow valve, remains in the heated interior to prevent freezing. A frost-free outside faucet will not protect the pipe if a hose remains attached to the faucet.
Rozga Plumbing & Heating Corp. recommends your garden hose be detached in the Fall before the temperature drops so your faucet can drain properly and keep your pipes frost-free throughout the Wisconsin winter.