Why Does an Outdoor Faucet Burst?

Every winter, people want to know, why does an outdoor faucet burst? When subjected to freezing weather, a typical outdoor faucet will burst when the hose is attached. The reason a faucet tube bursts is not due to the ice build up but rather the build-up of water pressure behind the expanding ice block. Bursting pressure for a copper tube is around 1,800 psi. Buildup of water pressure can be in excess of 2,000 psi thus causing the tube to burst. Watch this quick video to understand Why an Outdoor Faucet Will Burst in freezing weather.

The Benefits of a Woodford Pressure Relief Valve

If you accidentally leave the hose attached in the winter, the Woodford patented pressure relief valve, PRV, prevents the copper tube from bursting. The PRV releases the build-up of water pressure behind the expanding ice block by activating the PRV when pressure reaches approximately 300 to 350 psi. Your faucet will be full of ice and will not operate until thawed, however, you will not have the cost and hassle of replacing a burst faucet. Learn more by watching this quick video on How a Woodford Pressure Relief Valve Works.

Woodford Model 19 Anti-Rupture Outdoor Faucet

The Woodford Model 19 Anti-Rupture Outdoor Faucet includes the Woodford patented pressure relief valve, to prevent the outdoor faucet from bursting in freezing conditions. This will protect the faucet from bursting even if you accidentally leave the hose connected to the faucet and it freezes. You will need to let the faucet thaw, but it will not burst. You can learn more about the Woodford Model 19 Anti-Rupture Faucet here, and check out our many options for Woodford faucet repair. BuyEagle.com is the premier online retailer for quality Woodford faucets and faucet repair products, saving you time and money with quality products and exceptional customer support.

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