Having a faucet outdoors is a must especially for those who clean their own cars, and have lawns or yards that need to be watered. (Photo Credits)
An exterior faucet is a must in most households. The problem though is not all homes have been installed with one, or some may need more than one.
The website Family Handyman came out with an easy to understand guide on installing an outdoor faucet. A/C and HVAC
"Copper pipe is best for the exposed plumbing at the house, but PEX tubing is best for underground. It's a lot cheaper than copper and it's easier to install than CPVC plastic. With PEX, you can make a continuous run from your house and make turns without installing a single fitting. Plus, PEX tolerates mild freezing better than either CPVC or copper (in case you're late blowing out the line). However, you'll have to invest in a 3/4-in. PEX crimping tool. If you don't want to shell out the cash, use CPVC."
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The website SF Gate also came out with its own guide in installing an exterior faucet. Plumbing Association of San Diego
"Many homes have an absolute minimum of exterior plumbing, with perhaps only one centrally located faucet. That's not necessarily a bad thing in areas with hard winters. In milder climates, it translates into an unnecessary struggle with long hoses and leaky diverters to water your lawn or garden. The simplest solution is to install another exterior wall faucet. For a bit more money, you can get a frost-proof model that you won't have to worry about should a rare cold snap hit."
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If unsure as to how to install an outdoor faucet, it is still best to contract the services of a licensed expert plumbing contractor.
Service Ratings Website Angie's List offered some advice on how to save costs when hiring a plumber.
"The time and effort it takes to install the exterior faucet depends on whether you have a crawlspace or basement. Some plumbers work faster in crawlspaces, others in unfinished basements. Either way, if they have easy access to the water line they'll be able to work faster, which can mean a lower price. The job becomes more complicated if you have a finished basement, because the plumber has to work around more obstacles to access the water line. The plumber may have to cut through the ceiling or walls, so you might need to hire a separate contractor to patch the holes."
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