On Aug 2, 1:32 pm, email@example.com wrote:
was told the sillcock had broken and caused the leak. The hose was
attached, but not until below freezing temperatures had resided.
Little confused re: how this could occur if teh hose was not attached
during winter months. Possibly a faulty sillcock? Or pipes from behind
the sillcock (above the basement ceiling)?
Is it true that a frozen sillcock will cause a water leak in the
There had to have been a break _somewhere_; water doesn't leak through
an intact pipe/joint/valve/whatever...
Your changing of tense has totally confused what is past and present to
the point I have no clue what happened when but sounds as though there
_was_ a leak, somebody repaired it and now you're wondering what _might_
have actually been the actual leak???
If so, it could have been any of those things, but something had to have
broken where the water was inside the house foundation to have come from
the basement ceiling.
It's quite possible for a pipe to freeze when in that area if it isn't
heated and having a hose on the sillcock can/will prevent even a
"frostfree" version from draining so there's no difference in the end
between it and a regular non-frostfree version at that point...
On Thu, 02 Aug 2007 17:26:20 -0000, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Are you making a distinction between full scale bursting and forming a
Are you not calling it bursting if no water comes out? Water rarely
comes out at first because the water inside by the crack that is made
is all or mostly frozen. It starts to leak when it thaws.
You have to replace the pipe that broke. IIUC a normal sill cock is
entirely outside of the house. It's the pipe that feeds the sillcock
that freezes, or the part of it that is cracked. If the sill cock
itself cracked, usually the water would be pouring outside of the
house (although I guess it could run back in, so check that out. But
it's also cast metal and I think it is a lot stronger than most copper
You should get a freeze-proof sill cock, where the water is turned off
10 or more inches inside the house, measuring from the outside of the
wall. Then, unless the it is put in tilting up to the outside, the
water drains out of entire 10 inches whenever the spigot is turned
off. I think these sill cocks come in at least two lengths, but maybe
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