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Old 04-11-2011, 09:04 PM   #1
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Outside spigot leaks into crawlspace only with hose attached


After turning on our garden hose for the first time of the season, my husband went in the house while I was outside and heard water spraying. He went into basement and peeked into the crawlspace over the wall, and saw water "spraying". When we turned off the spigot/hose, it stopped.

We have since discovered that it only sprays like this if the hose is attached outside. If nothing is attached to the spigot, it does not leak/spray - regardless of being turned on or off.

This doesn't make any logical sense to us. Any ideas?

(ETA: No we did not turn off the water to this for the winter. So it likely froze and that may have caused an issue.)

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Old 04-12-2011, 07:32 AM   #2
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Outside spigot leaks into crawlspace only with hose attached


I am guessing..........it is a freeze proof spigot, the kind that has the actual washer seat/cutoff 9-12" inside the house. It froze/cracked enough that it only leaks with pressure on it. With the faucet open, with no hose, not enough pressure to force the crack open.

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