The warmer weather usually brings us to the annual “Spring Surprise”. This usually happens the first time we get the car wash bucket and sponge out to wash the car for the first time since fall. Or it might be the first time we want to hose off the winter salt and dirt from the garage and driveway. We turn on the hose to get started on the first outside project of the year. “Wonder why the water is just dripping out of the hose”? All of the sudden someone inside screams “the basement is being flooded”.
The surprise is the hose was left attached to the outside faucet last fall and the water that got trapped between the hose and the faucet froze and broke the hose bib connection in the basement. Even if the more modern hose bib faucets are anti-freeze faucets, they will still freeze if left connected. It doesn’t happen every time that the hose is left connected but it will freeze sometimes. If you leave the hose accidentally connected you won’t know the copper pipe is broken until you open on the outside faucet. So, here is my advice to keep from getting water all over your basement. Locate the water shut off for the faucet inside your house and have someone prepared to shut off the faucet from the inside if it starts to leak when you open the faucet outside.
In the St. Louis area, a good habit to get into is to disconnect all outside hoses on Halloween. That should keep you from experiencing an unwanted “spring surprise”.
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