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Don’t forget to disconnect your garden hoses from your outside faucets before the cold weather season.

The daylight is less plentiful, the leaves are starting to change color and split from their branches, and a wintry chill has begun to penetrate the air. Sounds kind of romantic to some, but as a homeowner these fanciful thoughts of autumn should also serve as notice that there is seasonal maintenance that must be performed on the exterior of their home to protect their residence through the oftentimes cold and bitter wintry season. It may surprise you, but a very simple, yet important component of autumn exterior home maintenance is often forgotten about which can set the table for big problems for the homeowner going forward.

 

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The exterior hose bib (aka wall hydrant, sill-cock, or spigot) is extremely vulnerable to freezing cold when garden hoses remain attached to them during the winter months, especially when there is a device like a watering nozzle or sprayer attached to the outlet end of the hose. These attachments trap water in the hose and valve body which, if subjected to freezing, can oftentimes damage the valve body or create a break in the wall of the valve body causing potential water damage to your home. If you remove the hose and find that your hose spigot is leaking, then we recommend that you contact Titan Plumbing to have the valve either repaired or replaced to eliminate any risk to your home from this system during the cold winter months.

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So don’t forget. Disconnect your hoses from your outdoor faucets and keep them off until the warm weather returns. And if you see any dripping or leaking coming from the hose bib that you can’t stop, then have it looked at promptly by your local plumber to minimize any damage to your home as a result of the failing valve.