Crawling Around

When the house was renovated we had two new outdoor faucets installed.

Our new hose bibb on the side of the conservatory.
Our new hose bibb on the side of the conservatory.

One is on the east side of the house which is not yet hooked up (and won’t be until the water is turned on to the conservatory bathroom).

It's a long crawl on rock and dirt with small access holes in 2 foundation walls to go through.
It’s a long crawl on rock and dirt with small access holes in 2 foundation walls to go through.

The other one is just outside the kitchen bump-out and gets lots of use mostly by Charlie.

The  hose bibb tucked into the niche near the bump out had begun to drip and build up an ice dam.
The hose bibb tucked into the niche near the bump out had begun to drip and build up an ice dam.

When they were installed we were told the spigots were a special type which don’t freeze.  The valve of the spigot is actually about a foot into the house so water doesn’t sit in the area of the faucet that might freeze.

The specially made door was a perfect fit to the crawlspace access hole.
The specially made door was a perfect fit to the crawlspace access hole.

Flash forward to this week and it’s dripping when turned off so Charlie called our contractor who suggested he crawl in the kitchen crawlspace (which is accessed from the conservatory side of the house).

The valve for the outdoor faucet can be turned off by switching it to horizontal.
The valve for the outdoor faucet can be turned off by switching it from horizontal to vertical. (Thanks, Barbara, for the correction.)

After checking each of three sections of crawlspace for snakes (and other varmints) Charlie made his way to the turnoff valve for the outdoor spigot and now we wait until a warm day to see if anything has burst.

The wall behind the ice is wet -- not good.
The wall behind the ice is wet — not good.
The wetness has seeped all the way through the concrete foundation -- not good.
The wetness has seeped all the way through the concrete foundation — not good.

We definitely need this water source for the garden this spring and summer.

Have you got any annoying drips in your line?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

5 thoughts on “Crawling Around”

  1. Hmm – on my turnoff valves horizontal means the line is open and the water will flow. Your setup seems a little counter intuitive. Sure hope everything is ok in the crawl space when it warms up. They are no fun.

  2. Thanks, Barbara, I meant vertical. That’s the before shot. Not having crawled myself I get confused. The contractor said he’s had to replace these in the past and so I would think this work would still be under warranty. Jo

  3. You KNOW we’ve had “drips” lately! I hope your problem can be easily (and cheaply) solved. What app did you use to draw your floor plan? I’d like to make one for our house.

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