If you own a home, you know that feeling of dread when, after a particularly cold night, you turn on the faucet and nothing happens. Frozen pipes happen frequently here in the Pacific Northwest region, especially where the water pipes lead outdoors to your lawn and in older homes that may not have adequate insulation in their crawl spaces. While having no water is a nuisance, the greater danger is that freezing will cause the pipes to burst and, when the temperature rises, you’ll have a big water mess to content with.
Hose bibs to protect your pipes
One easy way to protect your pipes during the cold weather season is to install hose bibs. These threaded faucets with a single valves are most commonly used for exterior faucets. However, these devices can also be installed on interior walls and can help to keep water from freezing in your pipes during a particularly cold period, by allowing you to shut off water to a vulnerable area of your home when the temperature is expected to drop. Hose bibs don’t have to be unsightly. They can be recessed into the wall or even hidden behind a panel.
Installing hose bibs with Kaufman’s Home Maintenance
Identifying vulnerable pipes and installing hose bibs isn’t difficult or expensive. However, the process is easier with a little experience and training. That’s where Kaufman’s Home Maintenance can help. We can tell you where your pipes are most exposed as well as install hose bibs to help prevent those pipes from freezing and show you how to use them.
In addition to helping you protect your pipes from the cold, Kaufman’s Home Maintenance offers a full range of home repair and handyman services, both on a one-time, “as needed” basis and as a recurring, scheduled service. We tailor our packages to meet your individual home maintenance needs. Just a few of the services we can help you with include replacing the filters in your furnace and air conditioning systems, cleaning the leaves out of your drain pipes and gutters, re-sealing your driveway AND installing hose bibs. To learn more about Kaufman’s Home Maintenance Service, call 503-798-4357 or visit KaufmanHelp.com to schedule an appointment.