It is the time of year when we all begin to assess the damage that may have been done to our homes over the winter.  In Colorado and other areas of the US with cold climates there are some typical problems you may encounter once the cold weather is over.
Typically the cause of a lot of the damage can be attributed to the freeze/thaw cycle.  The freeze/thaw cycle occurs when the outside temperature falls below freezing and then returns to above freezing at frequent intervals, which happens often during the spring in Colorado.
Some of the damages you may encounter are: damaged hose bibs, burst water pipes, damage to your roof and cracking or spalling of exterior concrete.  This is the first in a series of 4 posts which will address each of these issues.  Each post will discuss some of the common causes, simple repair methods and ways to prevent similar damage next year.

 Damaged Hose Bibs
Some of the reasons your hose bibs may be leaking or are broken are:

  • Not removing all hoses and accessories attached to the hose bib.
  • Not adequately protecting the hose bib and other exterior plumbing from freezing.
  • Not draining water from the hose bibs and leaving the valve closed.

Simple Repairs

  • Install frost free hose bibs – these are designed with the valve/seal located on the inside of the wall reducing the likelihood of freezing and causing damage.

  • Install shut off valve at each hose bib – a shut off valve installed on the inside of the home  will allow you to shut off the water to the hose bib each winter.

Prevention is the key!

  • Remove all hoses and accessories 
  • Install insulated covers on each hose bib during the winter 
  • Seal and insulate openings around the hose bib and other penetrations.