so the guys left the hose on for about 4 hours today

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by MJK, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. MJK

    MJK LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 356

    it was a high of 27 degrees outside. The hose itself froze up a lot, and water began to back up to the spigot and spray out the connection from the hose to the spigot.

    Long story short, I showed up, turned the spigot off, the water stopped shooting out the connection to the hose. I then unscrewed the hose.

    Other then an icy mess on the side of the house, should I be concerned with any damage inside the walls or does the water not freeze that far in the pipe?

    This is a new construction house if that matters.
  2. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,619

    So did the hose have a sprayer on the end or not?

    if the water is flowing - usually the pipes will not freeze (at 27-degrees).

    Water freezes when it's not flowing.

    With old houses, when it gets really really cold, they will open the faucets a little and allow the water to steadily trickle to keep the pipes from freezing.

    So probably everything is fine.
  3. MJK

    MJK LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 356

    yea there was a sprayer or nozzle at the end of the hose. guess that makes sense, they used it and just tossed it aside not remembering its cold out. I assume that since I was able to turn the water off it would be fine but that kind of stuff always scares me.
  4. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,793

    Should be fine. Did you peek in the basement window? Does the house have heat on yet?
  5. MJK

    MJK LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 356

    I had the customer look when they got home, they said no water. The house has heat and the basement is currently being finished.

    Maybe just have them shut off that pipe & open the spigot and just leave it to be safe?
  6. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,793

    Its all good. If it was spraying out it means its not frozen upstream. I had to defrost the hose and spigot with the heater last week. Looking like those temps again next week too

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