Plumbing Forum - Professional & DIY Plumbing Forum > General Plumbing Discussion > General Plumbing Help > Question re: exterior faucet


Help Support Plumbing Forums by donating using the link above or becoming a Supporting Member.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-22-2017, 06:11 PM   #1
JTC
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Posts: 2
Default Question re: exterior faucet

So I've got this faucet (hose bib?) out front of our house that seems to have suddenly sprung a leak- there are now 'vents' around the faucet that I don't recall being there. A neighbor had said he saw our faucet suddenly start spraying water, so we shut it off using the valve. I should note we had an attachment at the end that we've since removed- a brass fixture that made it much easier to control the water flow, just screws off the end. Unsure of the name.

We haven't yet winterized our pipes (hasn't been overly cold yet but we're taking care of it tonight anyway), but I've never seen this happen. My limited research leads me to believe this may be some kind of release or backflow preventer that got tripped.

I'm curious if it can be 'reset' or if it needs replacing.

Any insight would be appreciated!


IMG_20171111_165851784.jpg  

Last edited by JTC; 11-22-2017 at 06:14 PM.
JTC is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2017, 06:53 PM   #2
havasu
Administrator
PLF_ADMIN.png
 
havasu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 8,605
Liked 1109 Times on 901 Posts
Likes Given: 327

Default

Looks like a backflow preventor. If you have a build up of pressure, it will spray out the sides. Make sure it can flow unrestricted to full pressure, and see if the flow corrects. If not, replacement is recommended.
havasu is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2017, 03:41 AM   #3
SHR
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: , Minnesota
Posts: 581
Liked 276 Times on 209 Posts
Likes Given: 766

Default

Back flow preventer froze with attachment on it. Completely destroyed the part. Remove and replace with new backflow preventer. Remember to always remove any hoses or adapters from the backflow preventer prior to any weather near freezing.
SHR is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Exterior gas line -- will this corrode quickly? sirwoodland General Plumbing Help 3 11-05-2017 09:10 PM
Exterior gas connection supplies Nic3456 General Plumbing Help 1 10-15-2016 02:39 PM
Exterior hot/cold hose bib choices?? Jimongee General Plumbing Help 5 06-25-2016 01:42 PM
Want to install exterior sump pump tommybitt Pumps and Wells 2 03-20-2015 09:48 PM
Exterior Leak MWW552 General Plumbing Help 25 12-02-2014 03:45 AM



Newest Threads