Getting Ready For Winter in Carrollton, TX
Part of getting your plumbing ready for Winter, even in Carrollton, Texas, is the disconnecting of hoses to outdoor spigots. As a homeowner, if this is not done, you are running 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.
Properly Repairing A Hose Bib
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 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.
Plumbing Repairs Usually Require An Experienced Plumber
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 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 can complete it in a short amount of time. Our Carrollton plumbers are efficient and have the correct tools and the experience to get these jobs finished quickly.
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. At Plumbing Dynamics in Carrollton, we 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. We will do the job the right way the first time.