OK I get it...I really do. You’re thinking “why did this guy spend part of his day writing a blog about hose bibs?” I’m writing about them because they’re important and also because I couldn’t think of anything else to blog about this week.
Garden Hoses - First and foremost I want to get this out of the way early on in case you people stop reading before you get to the end – if you still have garden hoses connected to your hose bibs unhook them now. That means stop sharing this amazing blog post with all your friends and go do it…right now! If you leave garden hoses hooked up the following could happen...don't say I didn't warn you.
Almost as important as the hose bib itself is how it’s installed. There should be a slight downward pitch to the valve (sloping out towards your yard). This allows whatever water is left in the 6 to 12 inch long pipe to drain out. This, my friends, is why it’s important to unhook garden hoses from hose bibs. With a hose still attached water will not drain out and can freeze and cause the pipe to burst.
As an added benefit the hose bib typically includes an anti-siphon system that stops water or other liquids from being siphoned back into the water supply. This is only relevant if you’re an idiot or you're a bad guy from a James Bond movie and have a garden hose that is connected to your hose bib with the other end resting in a bucket full of gasoline or some other toxic liquid chemical.
So for all you people who skipped to the end here are the three important things to remember...
- Unhook ALL garden hoses from exterior valves
- Make sure you have frost-free style hose bibs and if you don't have them replaced
- Make sure your frost-free hose bibs slope ever so slightly towards the exterior of your home
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