What I'm Seeing Now


Hose Bibs Should Be Seen And Not Heard

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


Comment balloon 9 commentsJay Markanich • January 15 2016 02:41AM


Good morning Jay. Proof positive you need a home inspecion! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 4 years ago

Good morning Jay. Get to know the neighbor.......? Actually a plumber can place one almost anywhere but the further from the water source, the higher the cost.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 4 years ago

Jay, all good to have every purchase properly inspected by a true professional. 

Posted by Frank Rubi, FrankRubiRealEstate.com (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) over 4 years ago

Nice way to winterize, just cut that baby off! Maybe they didn't even know the installer cut it?

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 4 years ago

Yet again, right Wayne?

That would be a reasonable rule of thumb, Sheila.

Frank - ay, ay cap'n.

Fred- done!  That was easy!  Which snip do you recommend - red, green or yellow?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Jay, and once it's cut, well.....it's CUT. Can't go back! Occasionally, when my hubby gets a bit too aggressive about removing something I have to say, let's think about this...why is it here, or why WAS it here? 

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 4 years ago

Never question a man and his tools, Gayle!  Sacrilege!

However, if a tree falls in the forest and there is no one to hear it, is the man still wrong?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

I've heard of a cutoff valve, but this is extreme.  On the bright side, it will never freeze up and rupture on days like today!

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) over 4 years ago

Now water, no freeze Stephen!  That problem has been solved here!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

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