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Old 12-11-2009, 12:52 PM   #1
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High today of 37. First really cold night last night. Thank Goodness I was home when one of my hose couplings broke (of course I had forgotten to turn the supply off). I heard the sound of water running through the pipes and caught it before it dumped an obscene amount of water.

Here's the funny part - when I checked my email at lunch, I had a friendly reminder in my inbox from my plumber: "Urgent Warning: Frozen Hose Bibs."

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I just checked mine, I shut them off a while ago
But I never unhooked the hoses, which I should do
I went with the frost-free bibs a while ago


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I'm a bit unclear - was the "hose coupling" on the interior or exterior of the house?
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Even the frost proof sillcocks will still freeze and burst if a hose is left hooked up and it is filled with water. they only work if you disconnect the hose and the water can drain out of the valve.
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It was a 'quick connect' coupling that connected a hose to the faucet. It was outside the house.
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OK, that makes sense.
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Quick connects like these?

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Even the frost proof sillcocks will still freeze and burst if a hose is left hooked up and it is filled with water. they only work if you disconnect the hose and the water can drain out of the valve.
Good to know. I'm going outside to disconnect the hose.

Glad to see you caught it right away Leah.

The 20+ year old kid that lived across the street from me last winter (parents bought the house for him) moved out. My neighbor next door to him noticed that his faucet outside was running and she called the water dept. Nobody did anything about it, so water was running from it for several weeks non-stop. She said there was a huge ice build-up by the time the township shut the water off to the house.

I've been wondering if his mom and dad had to take out a loan to pay the water bill. lol
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Brokeknee - Yup.

My neighbor's plumbing burst outside their house last winter when they were away for a week. Another neighbor called the utility company when they noticed the lake forming in their front yard. The utility company cut off the water, called the homeowner's and helped them arrange for a plumber to come and fix the problem before they came home.

Man, it's nice to have a public utility in a small town.

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