FAUCET REPAIR & INSTALLATION
When faucets start to leak it can be very frustrating if you don’t know what type of parts to buy to repair the leak. We often take our plumbing fixtures for granted until there is a problem. Sometimes these problems can be solved with minor repairs, but sometimes a complete overhaul is required
Faucet valves have come a long way from the days of a simply replacing a rubber washer in a compression faucet to stop a leak. Today’s washer-less faucets are more reliable and may use a ball valve, cartridge or ceramic disk to control water flow.
Call the Experts
Between the option of do-it-yourself repair or replace, there is always the option to call a plumber. Sometimes the intense labor is not worth trying to fix a faucet yourself. That’s why the technicians at SMART Plumbing are standing by, ready to help.
Most folks living in snowy cold climates don’t use their outside hose bibs in the winter. However, farmers and ranchers need a year-round supply of running water for their livestock. The soil may be frozen to a depth of two feet or more, but thirsty cattle and horses still need water. A freeze-proof or frost-proof hydrant addresses this problem.
Their operating principle is simple. The water supply they are attached to is buried beneath the frost line and remains liquid. After the hydrant is closed, any water in the standpipe drains out, and the parts of the hydrant located above the frost line are completely empty. They can’t freeze shut because there isn’t any water in them.
When the handle of the hydrant is raised, the lifting rod lowers the plunger and blocks the check valve or bleeder. The water flows out of the spout at the top of the stand pipe. Most hydrant spouts are equipped with a threaded brass male hose fitting. When the handle is lowered, it lifts the plunger and any water left in the standpipe drains out through the bleeder/check valve.
Frost-proof hydrants are manufactured by a number of companies including Woodford and Simmons. If you need advice on standpipe length, selecting the best hydrant for your needs, the frost line depth in your area or repair parts for an existing hydrant, this might be a good place to visit.