Part of getting ready for winter–even in Carrollton, Texas, is the disconnecting of hoses to outdoor spigots. If a homeowner does not do this, he runs the risk of water in the hose freezing into the faucet. Because water expands as it freezes, if enough water is present, the entire faucet assembly can burst. If you have made this mistake, you know that the hose bib must be repaired to keep water leaks at bay.
If you have a burst exterior water faucet, having it repaired correctly is essential. This project is not a simple fix if you have copper piping. To do this repair, the plumber must do a procedure called “sweating” the joint where the piping meets the faucet. This procedure creates a watertight seal between the faucet and the pipe, so there will be no leaks in the finished project. Sweating a pipe joint involves using an acetylene torch and solder, sealing the joint completely.
A good plumber, like the local Carrollton plumbers at Plumbing Dynamics, knows that the most important part of this procedure is preparation. All pipe surfaces must be clean and dry or the solder will not adhere properly. The plumber must use a wire brush to clear oxides and other grunge from the threads of the pipes before he ever gets out the torch. We always thoroughly clean our joints so the repair will be leak-free.
After the joints are clean, the plumber will connect them and solder them together. He will allow capillary action to fill the threads of the pipe with solder as he heats it evenly with a torch. Obviously, sweating a pipe joint is not a good project for a do-it-yourselfer. A responsible homeowner will call an experienced plumber to do this job correctly the first time.
Many homeowners think that since they have PVC piping in their homes, plumbing repairs, like fixing external hose spigots, should be simple. Yet many homeowners have tried this only to find leaks in the finished project. Many homeowners will spend an entire Saturday working on a plumbing project to end up calling a plumber on Monday morning. With a hose bib repair or hose bib replacement, a good plumbing professional from Plumbing Dynamics can complete it in a short amount of time. We have the correct tools and the experience to get these jobs finished quickly. Our company is efficient and we will never work slowly, just so we can bill you for one more hour of work.
As a homeowner you can try to repair your PVC pipes yourself. However, you will not know which products work the best and last the longest. Since it is our business, we here at Plumbing Dynamics know what works and what is a waste of time and money. Save yourself the stress and headache of a wasted Saturday repairing a hose spigot and just call us. We will do the job the right way the first time for a high quality, long lasting plumbing or hose bib repair and replacement in Carrollton.