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Why your garden faucets are leaking and why you should call John the Plumber now.
Here in Ottawa we experience very harsh winters. Add to that the often quick thaws and instant “spring-in-a-day” weather and you have a recipe for garden faucets that freeze, thaw and crack, leading to leaking outdoor faucets, cracked pipes, damaged hose bibs and an all around damaged hose faucet. If your garden faucets (or hose bibs as those in the business call them) are not maintained, they can easily have to be replaced long before their ideal lifespan of 20 years.
With the right installation, your frost free hose bib, or outdoor hose faucet, will be guarded from the big freeze by a shut off valve, usually in the basement. To insure no water remains in the line you will then need to go outside, turn on the garden faucet and let any water still in the line come out. Ideally all this is done in the fall before any freeze has happened. Your outdoor faucet will be saved and you minimize the risk of having the pipe burst come the spring. Of course, this should be done on all garden faucets or outdoor faucets around your house.
A leaky hose faucet is an instant waste of water, can be a source of annoyance and is a money waster. All garden faucets need to be periodically checked for leaks at the seal and always ensure your rubber washers are in place and in excellent shape. Always check that there are no leaks in the house as well – after turning on your hose faucet check the shut of valve in the house to ensure there are no leaks, especially the first time you turn on those garden faucets after a long Ottawa winter. Spring is here-make your outdoor faucets springing a leak is not part of it!