A small faucet on the outside of our home is called a hose bib. Using this outdoor tap, we may flow water from inside our home to the outdoors. Most people install a hose-bib in the garden or a backyard. However, we can also put it in the garage if we need one.
Are you wondering if you can put a hose-bib in the garage?
Yes, you can put a hose-bib in the garage. If there is a connection point on the home side, we may put an anti-freeze line into our garage. We may need to run additional pipes (as per instruction). It is ideal for storing our hoses in a warmed garage or basement to keep them from freezing.
However, the answer is positive. So, we need to know the installation process or how this work. Right? No worries, we have got it covered. Give it a read, it will only take a minute or two.
Let’s get into the details and installation process.
How Does a Hose-Bib Work In the Plumbing System Of Our Home?
To bring water to the outside of our home, we must have a hose bib linked to our home’s plumbing system. There are pipes that go from the hose bib into our home’s main water supply.
A hose bib is a water connection that is often installed on the outside of a house. It enables us to attach a hose and send water to the areas of our property that need it the most. Common uses include watering plants and washing vehicles.
Instruction to Install A Hose Bib In the Garage
The freezing weather outdoors may harm our hoses, so keeping them in a heated garage or basement is the best way to keep them in excellent working order.
However, let’s look into the installation process for a hose bib in the garage.
Step 1: Plan & Beginning
If we reside in a region with harsh winters, we should get a long-stem, frost-free one that turns off the water inside rather than outdoors. The pipe may be connected to a regular hose bib in warm climates.
Install an antisiphon device on the hose bib if it is connected to a sprinkler system. This will prevent water from blocking our homes and potentially polluting our drinking water.
In order to install a frost-free hose bib so that it won’t freeze, we need to know that the hose bib is connected to the shutdown valve by a short nip. The supply line is connected to the valve via a copper adapter that has been sweated. Work accordingly.
Why Should We Install a Frost-Free Hose Bib?
Frozen hose bibs may lead to burst pipes and other property damage. Our house might be flooded if the pipes burst, causing the primary water flow to spill out of the valve. It’s an emergency since these pipes are so close to critical components of the home, such as circuits, electrical cables, etc. So, we should install a frost-free hose bib.
Step 2: Locating Drilling Hole
We should drill a locating hole using a long, thin bit at a place that is somewhat higher than that of the cold water pipeline into which we will be tapping.
We need to make a hole that goes all the way throughout the rim joist, the sheathing, and the siding. To prevent the siding from splintering, we can start drilling from the inside out and then switch to drilling from the outside in for the rest of the drilling process on the garage epoxy floor.
Step 3: Insertion of a Hose-Bib
We need to slide the plastic gasket over the hose bib and then push it through the hole while doing so from the outside. After applying silicone caulk all around the hole, we have to secure the hose bib by screwing in two deck screws or bolts that were coated to prevent rusting.
Choose a suitable place for inserting a hose-bib in our garage so that we can easily use it and check it for any issues. Follow the garage lighting layout for a better user experience at night.
Step 4: Cutting & Assembling
In this step, for cutting, we can mark the cold water pipe placement for the tee fitting by holding a carpenter’s square next to the hose bib. Cut the water off. Install the fitting by making a cut in the pipe.
To assemble, a nipple and an elbow should be perfectly dry-fit. We need to Dry-fit a cutoff, a nipple, and an adapter. (If the bib is made of chrome-plated brass, a dielectric fit is not required.)
In order for the hose bib to drain when it is turned off, it must slope. We may need to mark the last nipple in the valves so it may be cut.
Step 5: We Made It!
We are almost done. We need to disassemble the cutoff valve and remove the inner workings to complete the installation process. We should use a heat-resistant fiber barrier to protect the frame and apply lubricant to all of the joints.
How Much Height From the Surface Should We Maintain To Install A Hose Bib?
In most cases, hose bibs are installed at the height of between 12 and 16 inches above the surface. If we go any lower, there is a chance that we won’t have enough room for something like a check valve or a timer.
What To Do When The Hose Bib Freezes?
Wrapping rags around the hose bib and pouring hot water over the rags is the quickest method to defrost it. Open the faucet as quickly as it thaws enough just to turn the handle, if not immediately. The rest of the ice will melt as quickly as the water starts flowing.
How To Stop Hose Bib from Freezing in the Winter?
Installing a frost-free hose bib can avoid freezing. You can also drain the pipes and turn off the water valves. However, otherwise, you can disconnect the hose-bib. Turn off the water supply valve that is supplying the outside faucet upstream. Remove any remaining water from the pipe and faucet. The faucet’s upstream pipe should be insulated. Install a freeze-resistant faucet.
I hope that you got a clear idea of the hose bib in garage. We have explained how to install a faucet protector for outdoor taps.
If you still face any problems you can always check with a plumber. Till then good luck and goodbye!