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That Leak Is Coming From Your Hose Bibb! Solutions and Explanations

Have you ever wondered why, no matter how many new hoses you purchase when spending time outdoors, they’re always leaky? It’s like you’re destined to leak water no matter how tightly you seal the hose onto the spigot.

Well, the good news is that it’s not you or your hoses. This component is called the hose bibb, and it’s basically the connector from your home’s main water line and anything that uses water outdoors. This connector is vital to home gardening projects, sprinklers, and other outdoor water fixtures–but it could be wasting water and money every year.

This blog hopes to explore what the hose bibb is, how it works, and why it can leak during the springtime when we’re just now starting to enjoy the outdoor weather. Schedule with our team for a new hose bibb installation on Orcas Island.

What Is the Hose Bibb?

The hose bibb is just another name for that component that connects the hose to your home’s water line. It’s also called a spigot or a sillcock, but these are all names for the same device that perform the same operation.

Without your hose bibb, your hose would have no place to connect to your plumbing system, without needing to find a fixture indoors. It’s great because it can be divided into multiple different spigots to allow for different outdoor fixtures to use them.

For instance, your hose bibb can divide the water usage for a hose and a sprinkler at the same time! However, due to how important this component is, it can sometimes be the source of a leak on your property.

Determining the Source of the Leak

If you notice water dripping from your hose bibb regularly, then there’s likely a leak occurring. Leaks can be a nightmare to deal with, especially when they’re inside of your home. But they’re just as bad when they’re outside, even if they might not lead to mold growth or water damage to the structure of your house.

Try to determine where the leak is coming from. If it seems like it appears and disappears depending on the position of your spigot valve, then it likely has to do with the position and tightness of your hose bibb and the hose attached to it.

But if it seems like it’s dripping no matter what, or it leaks any time you touch the hose bibb, then you’ve likely got a faulty component.

“Are Leaks Really That Bad?”

Outdoor leaks might not seem as bad as indoor leaks, but that’s part of the problem. Outdoor leaks might not damage your home, but they can go undetected for a very long time. Undetected leaks have a greater chance of lasting longer, which means you can end up paying more for them over the long run. This is never good, both for your home’s efficiency and your budget, since you pay for all the water that goes through your plumbing system.

Hose Bibb Services

If you think there’s a leak in your hose bibb, or you’re not sure of the state it’s in, you can always call our team. Schedule an inspection or diagnosis where one of our trained professionals can examine the component and make sure it’s in the best shape possible.

Plus, it’s an easy thing for a plumber to fix before the summer begins!

Our team of Home Performance Experts has served the I-5 corridor from Blaine to Marysville, Oak Harbor to Concrete, and the San Juan Islands since 1972 with a mission of Improving Lives™. We look forward to serving you too! Contact Barron Plumbing today for hose bibb services you can count on. 

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