Outside Faucet Pipe Too Short--Keeps Freezing


Old 01-13-04, 09:39 AM
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Outside Faucet Pipe Too Short--Keeps Freezing

The plumber who installed all the plumbing on our house 5 years ago (we are the 2nd owner) put the pipe for the outside water faucet too short for once the bricks were put on the house. The water faucet fits on there, but barely, and even though we have it covered with one of those styrofoam insulators, every time the temp gets down below 15 or so, it freezes and starts leaking down the house. We put it back on with copper pipe epoxy or something like that, but it still does the same thing every time it freezes.

What can we do to fix this without having to replace the entire pipe from under the house?

Damn builders and contractors just don't give a crap, nor do the inspectors who should have noticed this when the house was built and had it corrected (not to mention the previous owners who obviously covered this up with a shotty fix).

My husband put an extension piece on then a new faucet, not sure if it will do the trick.

Would you recommend anything better to keep this on besides the copper pipe epoxy?

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Old 01-13-04, 10:40 AM
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They make a frost-free hosebibb in sizes of 6" 8" 10" 12" needed for the correct dimension of thickness of wall.

The end of this bibb is the part where the water is actually valved off, which is protected by the inside temperature in the house.

Basically is a valve with a seat washer at the end of a long stem.

These faucets can be used year round, without the worry of freezing.

You must remove the garden hose from this type of faucet in winter because it will cause the faucet to freeze and burst since there is no way to let water drain out of it.

Woodford, Mansfield, Nibco are to name a few of the brand names for frost-free hose bibbs.

Great design, never causes problems unless you leave the hose on in freezing months.

When you install this type of faucet, make sure to put a slight degree of pitch on the piping so that the water gravity drains out of the faucet after every use.
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