Outdoor Faucet Replacement
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You may have heard your outdoor faucet called many names (bibcock, sillcock, water spigot, hose bib, valve, house hydrant, water tap, garden tap, outside tap, spout). No matter what you call it, your outdoor faucet makes gardening, yard work, and car washes easier. But sometimes they get worn out, drip, leak, or even burst. If that happens to you, give the plumbers at Black Diamond Experts a call. Our plumbers serve the Wasatch Front, including Salt Lake City, Ogden, Utah County, and surrounding areas. Contact us to schedule an appointment.
What Causes Your Salt Lake City, Utah Outdoor Faucet to Leak:
A common reason for a dripping faucet is a worn out rubber washer/gasket. Over time, the rubber washer can become flat or brittle, and no longer provide a good seal. Replacing the rubber washer may be the solution to a dripping faucet. Another common problem is water spraying out from behind the faucet. Sometimes, this can be a sign of a loose packing nut. If water is leaking from the top vacuum breaker cap (also called the anti-siphon valve), it may be a sign of a worn assembly or the result of debris inside that needs to be cleared. Homes in Utah should have a frost-free sillcock installed which is a lot less susceptible to freezing temperatures than a standard hose bib, as the water control valve is located inside the walls of the house where it is better insulated. However, if you encounter a leak near the outside faucet, especially if you have had freezing temperatures, you likely have a burst pipe. When water is left in the pipe and it freezes, the water will expand and rupture the pipe. Leaving a garden hose attached to your outdoor faucet during the winter might cause damage as the hose prevents water from draining completely. A pipe can also burst if you have a dripping faucet. Dripping water freezes in cold temperatures building up to a critical volume of ice, which eventually ruptures the pipe.
Selecting Your Outdoor Faucet Replacement
We’ve compiled a short list of faucets to help you identify the type of outdoor faucet (hose-bib, sillcock, etc.) that you might consider.
A hose bib is a faucet that has a water valve to control the water flow. Because the control valve on a hose bib is closely positioned to the handle and spout, it is susceptible to freezing when used outdoors. In Utah, this type of faucet would more likely be used indoors.
A sillcock (also known as a frost-free faucet, or frost-free anti-siphon outdoor faucet hydrant) looks like a hose-bib when installed, but has a long pipe attached where the water valve is located at its end and will have an anti-siphon valve above the handle. Having the water control valve at the end of the sillcock prevents the water from staying close to the outside where it is susceptible to freezing temperatures.
A house hydrant is a fairly new faucet system that is quite revolutionary in design. The house hydrant gives you access to outdoor water with just the twist of a connector. No more twisting on hoses from uncomfortable angles. With a house-hydrant you just install the connector to your hose than with a simple twist into the house hydrant and the water is on. A house hydrant is drip-free and also 7x less likely to freeze than a traditional freeze free sillcock.
A garden tap looks just like a traditional hose bib with the exception of the faucet orientation. The garden hose is often attached from the bottom rather than in a horizontal method.
Replacing or installing an outdoor faucet can be quite the undertaking if you have never worked with plumbing before. We highly recommend leaving plumbing tasks to the professionals. Give the plumbers at Black Diamond Experts a call if you have a leaking faucet, or need a new outdoor faucet installed.