As spring arrives and the weather warms up in Central Oregon, it’s time to start watering your yard and reviving your garden. However, if you’re not careful, you may end up with water damage from your hose bib. It’s a common problem that can cause significant damage if not addressed quickly. Let’s discuss what hose bib water damage is, how it can happen, and why you may need a mitigation company like Central Oregon Disaster Restoration to help you remove the water and dry out your home.
How Will I Know if My Hose Bib is Leaking?
Inspecting your hose bib for damage reduces the chances of significant repairs in the future. Although sometimes hose bib flooding is obvious and catastrophic, it can also be subtle. Here are the steps you can take to inspect your hose bib:
- Turn off the water supply: Before inspecting your hose bib, make sure to turn off the water supply. This will prevent any water from leaking out during the inspection.
- Check for leaks: Look for any signs of water leaks around the hose bib. This can include water stains, dampness, or mold growth. If you notice any of these signs, it could be an indication of a leak.
- Check the hose connection: Inspect the connection between the hose and the hose bib. Make sure the connection is tight and there are no signs of damage or wear.
- Check the hose bib valve: Turn the valve on and off to ensure it is functioning properly. If the valve is difficult to turn or it does not shut off the water supply completely, it could be a sign of damage.
- Check for cracks or damage: Inspect the hose bib for any cracks, damage, or corrosion. This can include cracks in the handle, corrosion on the valve, or damage to the threads where the hose attaches.
- Inspect the water supply line: Inspect the water supply line leading to the hose bib. Look for signs of corrosion, leaks, or damage to the pipe.
What is Hose Bib Water Damage?
Hose bib water damage is a type of water damage that occurs when water leaks from a hose bib (also known as an outdoor faucet). This can happen for several reasons, including a damaged or worn-out hose bib, a loose connection between the hose and the bib, or even a frozen pipe that has burst. While the damage may have occurred in winter it is not evident until your first time using the hose bib for the season.
The damage caused by hose bib failure can be significant, whether you have an ongoing drip or full-fledged flooding. If left untreated, water can seep into your home’s crawlspace, foundation, siding, insulation, and drywall, causing structural damage. Subsequently, it may lead to mold growth, which can be harmful to your health.
How Can Hose Bib Water Damage Happen?
Hose bib water damage can happen for several reasons. One common cause is leaving your hose attached to the bib during the winter months. When water freezes inside the hose, it can cause the hose bib to crack or burst, leading to a water leak. Other causes of hose bib water damage include:
- A worn-out hose bib that needs to be replaced
- A loose connection between the hose and the bib
- Excessive pressure in the water supply line
- Corrosion in the water supply line
Why You May Need a Mitigation Company to Remove the Water
If you discover hose bib water damage, it’s important to address the issue as soon as possible to prevent further damage. Water removal and structural dry-out is a challenging and time-consuming process requiring a professional.
That’s where a mitigation company like Central Oregon Disaster Restoration can help. Our team of experts has the equipment and expertise needed to quickly remove standing water and dry out your home or business. We use specialized tools like water extraction pumps and dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air and prevent mold growth.
In addition to removing the water, our team can also help with repairs and restoration. We’ll work with you to develop a customized plan to repair any damage caused by the water and restore your home or business to its pre-loss condition.
We’ve been Central Oregon’s premier disaster restoration company since 2006. Central Oregon Disaster Restoration has the equipment, experience, empathy, and commitment to quality work without financial surprises to help you recover from almost any kind of damage to your home or business. Headquartered in Bend, Central Oregon Disaster Restoration offers disaster restoration services in all Central Oregon including Bend, Redmond, Sisters, Black Butte Ranch, Terrebonne, Sunriver, Tumalo, Prineville, Powell Butte, Madras, Culver, Warm Springs, La Pine– and everywhere in between.