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Question DetailsAsked on 4/21/2016

My home doesn't have a outside water faucet. Approx cost to have one installed?

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In warm climates, typically about $100-175 (depending on local labor cost) assuming you put it where there is an easily tapped cold water pipe - commonly off a utility room or water heater area. My recommendation - AVOID tapping at kitchen or bathroom if possible, because any leak there from failed faucet or hose leak spraying into the siding can cause a lot of $ damage. Price on up from there to up to several hundred $ more if he has to go aways to get a line to tap into - plus any drywall repair and painting needed to repair damage from putting the line in.

In cold areas, where it gets below freezing in the winter, you have two choices:

1) if it does not get below about 10-15 degrees at ANY time during the year AND it is coming out of a heated wall (not a cool garage or crawlspace), you can take off the hose every fall and put a foam faucet bonnet or insulated cover over it in the winter to keep it from freezing. Should still have an accessible interior shutoff ball valve to it in case it ever fails and start leaking inside the house.

2) if it gets colder, or there is a risk someone will remove the cover and let it freeze, put in a "frostless faucet" (aka frost free faucet, frostless sillcock, anti-siphon freeze-proof sillcock) and emergency shuoff valve inside the house. A "frostless faucet" is about 12-18" long - looks normal on the outside of the house other than that it tilts downward a bit, but the valve stem goes way back into the house to the actual "seat" where it shuts off. When you turn the water off, it drains out of the foot or so extension (hence the need for an upward tilt as it goes into the house) so there is no water within about a foot or so of the outside face of the wall when it is off and drained out. The reason for the shutoff valve is so it is easy to shut off the water in case it needs servicing, and also in case it ruptures from freezing because someone left the hose connected or the faucet dripped and froze up solid, which can happen.

The foam bonnets cost about $5-10 each, or you can make out of plywood and insulating foam board or packing foam with weatherstripping contact facing where it meets the house. I put a lip on the outside fastened on only with short small nails, and with a screw on each side into the siding only 1/2" or so, so the cover can easily be kicked or knocked off in an emergency to hook a hose up to for fire fighting, without having to find a screwdriver.

Frostless faucets $45-100 additional plus $5-10 shutoff valve for the materials, versus the $5-10 for a normal hose bib - I recommend Watts and Woodford brands - no use going super cheap and save $10-20 now but pay hundreds later because it fails and freezes up.

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