A hose bibb by any other name…Almost every home in the Northwest suburbs has one. Sillcock, spigot, outdoor faucet, hydrant or hose bibb are all different names for the same thing. This time of year in Chicagoland and for the upcoming months these faucets fail due to improper maintenance and poor installation.
Here is a quick tutorial. The frost proof sillcock operation is like most other faucets with one big difference, the faucet is much longer to protect the valve from the freezing cold we will be experiencing. The frost-free faucet has 4 main parts, the handle, the stem which is connected to the handle, the body and spout where the stem is inside of, and the valve seat.
Here at Tom’s Plumbing Inc. we use Woodford Brass freezeless faucets with vacuum breakers. They are equipped with a patented resetting relief valve that prevents the faucet tube from bursting in extreme cold. Call us today for an evaluation of your needs. We are Tom’s Plumbing Inc. serving Elgin and the surrounding area at (847) 697-6444.