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What is the average life expectancy of a hose bibb?
Monday, December 30, 2019
How long does a hose bibb last?
You can expect a hose bibb to last about 15 to 25 years, with an average of 20 years. People also call it an outside spigot, hose faucet, or sill cock. Lifespan will be shortened by heavy usage or not draining faucet before a hard winter freeze (unless it is rated as freeze protected or insulation added around it). Unfortunately, the code-required vacuum breaker attached to the end of the hose bibb has a shorter lifespan of 5 to 12 years, and can fail even sooner. To read more about it, go to our blog post Why is the vacuum breaker at my hose faucet leaking, gushing water, or making funny sounds?
Here’s a bar graph comparing the life expectancy of a hose bibb to other plumbing fixture lifespans.
Go to our blog post What is the average lifespan of the parts of a house? for rating of other house components. To understand the basis, potential use, and limitations of lifespan ratings, see our blog post How accurate are the average life expectancy ratings of home components? Are they actually useful?
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NOTE: These life expectancies are based on data provided by InterNACHI, NAHB, FannieMae, and our own professional experience. Because of the numerous variables that can affect a lifespan, they should be used as rough guidelines only, and not relied upon as a warranty or guarantee of future performance.
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