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  • Outside Spigots Not Working...

    Recently I went outside to wash out a garbage can or something and couldn't get any water to come out of the spigot (I've read on here that this isn't necesserily the correct name for them, but that's what I know them by so bear with me). I detached the hose and turned the spigot on with nothing attached. A small amount of water started to trickle out. I shut it back off, then went around back (we only have two spigots) to try that one. Nothing at all came out of the one out back.

    I'm a little bit worried the the cold weather may have gotten to my pipes (I live in NC, where we don't have terribly cold spells for terribly long so I've never really worried about this before). From what I've read on here, it sounds like you're not supposed to leave the hose attached to the spigot during the winter months as it might prevent water from draining as needed. I had the hose attached probably from July until early January when I noticed the issue.

    Does it sound like i might have a freezing issue? If so how can I diagnose it? As far as I know I don't have another shutoff valve for those spigots (so I obviously didn't turn it off or anything).

    Any other thoughts? Any help is appreciated before I call in the pros. Thanks!

  • #2
    Re: Outside Spigots Not Working...

    based on your test and the fact that you don't have a separate shut off for the spigot/ hose bibb. it does sound like some freezing issues.

    if there is a trickle coming out of one, i would continue to run it during the day. this might help warm the pipe with the water flowing. typically flowing water doesn't freeze.

    are the pipes exposed to where you can get to them with a heat gun or hair dryer?

    are your spigots, hose bibbs the style that are frost proof?

    maybe a picture of the bibb will determine this.

    rick.
    phoebe it is

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    • #3
      Re: Outside Spigots Not Working...

      If the spigot is frozen and you have a trickle of water coming out, leave it on. The trickle will increase and then run normal. If it's frozen this should happen within 30 seconds or so.

      RE; the one with no flow. Use a hair dryer on the spigot itself. It shouldn't take more the 2 mins to get a trickle of water if it's frozen just in the spigot and I suspect it is.
      I wouldn't advise using a heat gun. Yes it is quicker but the intense heat can find its way behind the siding and smolder for hours without you knowing it until you hear the snap, crackle and, pop of a fire. It happens around here at least 3 time a year.
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      • #4
        Re: Outside Spigots Not Working...

        One you find out whats wrong, put some pipe insulation on the pipes.

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        • #5
          Re: Outside Spigots Not Working...

          Don't feel to bad,
          I spent the better part of a day thawing out pipes,

          thawing out a yard hydrant that did not drain back correcty took avou 45 mins with a propane torch as it froze up in the ground, about a foot, deep, amd then clearing out aout 100' of gray water drain that was froze. and is very shallow in the ground,
          some grease had pluged the dischrge end and then it slowly back up freezing the entre length.
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          • #6
            Re: Outside Spigots Not Working...

            Originally posted by kingstretch View Post
            . I detached the hose and turned the spigot on with nothing attached. A small amount of water started to trickle out.
            Thats a little strange that you could turn the handles on the hose bibes. The Ice usually keeps me from turning them when they are frozen.

            Is your house on a slab or a crawl space or basement. The reason I ask is frozen pipes often lead to busted pipes. so get under the crawl space and check. unless you have frost free hose bibs I bet you have shut offs some place. so look around ,up above cealing panels, in utility rooms, in cabinets--- everyware. Hopefully they just got shut off without you knowing and everything will be fine. I never get that lucky but you might

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            • #7
              Re: Outside Spigots Not Working...

              "Thats a little strange that you could turn the handles on the hose bibes. The Ice usually keeps me from turning them when they are frozen."

              Good point saysflushable. I didn't even think of that.
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              • #8
                Re: Outside Spigots Not Working...

                Sorry for the lack of responses on my part - I didn't expect to have some many replies so quickly!

                On Sunday the temperature was about 50 degrees here and the water still wouldn't run, so I'm thinking it probably isn't a freezing issue after all. On the "bibb" that I thought would trickle water, it turns out it will only trickle water for a couple of seconds, and then stops completely again. The bibb that never would come on, still doesn't come on, so no changes there. As a side note, my neighbor's water works just fine.

                I live on a slab, so the bibb goes into walls shared with the interior of my house. From the frost proof bibbs I've seen, I don't believe mine are frost proof, although I couldn't say for sure. Since I live on a slab, I don't think pipe insulation is really an option.

                If I had a shutoff valve, where would it be? There are no ceiling panels, there are no utility rooms. From what I know I have:

                * 1 rectangle box out front where the meter is - I don't see any valves in here and if there were any, I would think it would shut off water to the whole house and not just the exterior.
                * 1 round box beside the rectangle box with a valve in it - this one I'm pretty sure is for my irrigation (it was installed by a previous homeowner so I don't know for sure)
                * 1 above ground box outside the house that covers pipes coming out of the ground (positive this one is for irrigation)
                * 1 rectangle box right beside the above ground box that has wires in it (again, pretty sure this is irrigation related)

                I have a water softener in the garage that was installed after the home was built, but I think it only affects the inside pipes.

                That's all I can think of. Do these details give anybody any ideas?

                Thanks again!

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                • #9
                  Re: Outside Spigots Not Working...

                  there's a pretty good chance the hose bibbs are part of the irrigation system. i would verify the irrigiation system is on and then check the bibbs.

                  do you need to drain down the irrigation system for the winter?

                  check this and then re-post.

                  rick.
                  phoebe it is

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                  • #10
                    Re: Outside Spigots Not Working...

                    I'll try and verify this tonight. Draining the irrigation depends on who you ask around here. If you ask the irrigation companies, they tell you it's a must. I've asked some other people who have irrigation systems (in my area) and the majority of them do not winterize. I decided I would skip the winterization/de-winterization process this year and save myself ~$150. I'm crossing my fingers that it doesn't cost me more in the long run.

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