Isn't that how the adage goes, hose bibs should be seen and not heard, right? It's something like that.
This hose bib is seriously loose.
You really want a bib to be tight to the wall, preferably attached with screws or some other way.
In this case you can see a little silicone caulking in the hole.
That was a vain attempt to get the bib to stay tight.
And this bib was dry and apparently turned off for the winter, or so I thought.
I made a mental note to check to see where the interior valve was located to show my client. It's important to know how to winterize your pipes, even though a newer "frost free" bib had been installed on the exterior wall. And that was easy.
I found it just inside the wall, in the furnace closet.
Yep, for sure the valve was winterized!
And the tubing was cut.
The furnace was right there nearly against the wall, so I could not see where the copper tube previously went into the house as my view was totally blocked by the new furnace!
There was no telling where this water came from, what pipe further inside had been capped, or what happened. But the hose was used recently as the newer valve outdoors seemed very new!
I suspect that they had to put in a new furnace unit and it was bigger than the old, making it fit further back into the space and leaving no room for the copper tubing. So they willy nilly cut it off!
No front hose? No problem! Use the neighbor's! What are neighbors for?
My recommendation: sometimes what you see isn't what you get. Most of us like hose bibs front and back. I know I do. And if the need for one thing changes the need for another, you might want to make an alteration to accommodate both. So, now what does the new homeowner do if there is no front hose bib?
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560