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Frost Free Spigots in Eyota MN may bring Flooded Basements this Spring

May 13th, 2019 · No Comments

Frost Free Spigots (aka, your outdoor faucet) on the exterior of your home may be a potential problem this Spring in Eyota, MN. The outcome of the problem is a flooded basement. These faucets or spigots prevent the water pipe from splitting due to freezing. However, many times the damage that occurred during cold temperatures is hidden until it is too late. ServiceMaster of Rochester and our IICRC Certified Technicians are here to help you!

How does a frost free spigot or faucet leak? The objective of a frost free spigot is to allow the shutoff for your outside faucet to drain excess water. When you shut off the faucet, water continues to run out for a couple seconds. The shutoff valve is located back in your wall where temperatures remain above freezing. However, if the water is not allowed to drain, during cold temperatures it will freeze. And when it freezes it expands therefore splitting the pipe.

The next step creates a mess for homeowners. As they are watering the garden or washing a care, they are filling their basement or home with water. The split releases water inside while the homeowner is spraying outside.

ServiceMaster of Rochester offers these quick tips:

  1. Never leave a hose connected to your outside faucet or spigot. This is especially true over the winter.
  2. Check your outside faucets before using. Turn them on for 10 seconds. Turn them off. Water should continue to flow out of the spigot for a couple seconds after it is shut off.
  3. If the water pressure outside seems low, inspect on the inside. Look for water coming out of the wall or ceiling in the area where the outside faucet pipe enters the home. Another sign is a “hissing” noise from inside the wall or ceiling. If either of these are true events, you should shut off the water and call a professional plumber.

ServiceMaster of Rochester is here to assist you when your frost free spigot malfunctions. We can help you get your life back to normal quickly and efficiently. We will work with your insurance company to not only mitigate the loss but work through the paperwork as well. Call the friendly staff at ServiceMaster of Rochester today at (507)282-5747!

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