How To Shut Down Your Plumbing (Remove All Water For Major Repairs)

How To Shut Down Your Plumbing (Remove All Water For Major Repairs)

It doesn’t happen often, but at one time or another, you might need to shut down your plumbing system. In other words, how do you properly put all of the water-using fixtures, appliances, faucets, and pipes in your home out of operation during a major…

Prevent Freezing Pipes From Causing Water Damage To Your Home

Prevent Freezing Pipes From Causing Water Damage To Your Home

Every winter, about 250,000 families — most of which don’t know how to prevent freezing pipes — wake up to find a kitchen, bath, or basement flooded with water from a pipe burst. And it’s no joke. Other than a fire or a natural disaster, very…

Sillcock, Hose Bib, Outdoor Faucet. (So Many Names for 1 Simple Thing!)

Sillcock, Hose Bib, Outdoor Faucet. (So Many Names for 1 Simple Thing!)

I was talking about having to repair a sillcock the other day, and the customer asked, “What the heck is a sillcock?” Good question. Clearly, I was using a word more commonly used by plumbers than homeowners. Here’s the good news: a sillcock is nothing…

Is Your Outdoor Frost Proof Faucet Leaking? Here’s How to Fix it!

Is Your Outdoor Frost Proof Faucet Leaking? Here’s How to Fix it!

A frost-proof faucet on the exterior of your home (technically called a sillcock, it’s also known as a frost-free or freeze-proof faucet) is similar to a common outdoor faucet. What’s the difference? The outdoor frost-proof faucet has an extra-long stem (or pipe) reaching back about…