If you live in a climate that experiences a cold season then you need to read this.  Recently I performed a home inspection in Chicago, Illinois and found that the hoses were still connected to the hose bib.  It is common to find that hoses are still connected to the hose bib and it is common that the water in the hose will back up into the hose bib and cause the hose bib or the water piping that supplies it to split.

Luckily for the owners of the home I was inspecting in Chicago, Illinois I disconnected the hoses that were connected to both hose bibs that the home had.

There are 2 type of hose bibs that we find when doing home inspections.  The first is a standard gate valve hose bib that is a basic valve that opens and closes with a “gate” to stop the water.

The second type of hose bib is an anti-freeze hose bib.  This type of hose bib has stops that are 9″ – 18″ in the wall depending on how thick your exterior walls are will determine the length you will need.  These valves don’t allow the water close to the valve on the outside of the home.  This is generally where you will see that these valves will freeze and possibly split and have a plumbing issue.  There is also a vacuum breaker on the top of this valve that will prevent issues when a hose is connected… sometimes.  The Chicago home inspection had anti-freeze hose bibs but I still disconnected them because all mechanical systems can fail.

If you were to have a frozen hose bib the repair costs could be from the hundreds to the thousands depending if the water entered the home.  You can see other prices for repairs at ~ http://www.pinnaclepropertyinspection.com/repair-replacement-costs.html.

Issues with water can cause structural issues and possibly health issues and should not be taken lightly.  If you have further questions about hose bibs that I found at the Chicago home inspection then please contact me at ~ http://www.pinnaclepropertyinspection.com/about-jim-kolke.html.

Thanks for stopping by.  Jim Kolke