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New Home Construction - Hose Bibb
The outside hose bibb (shutoff valve) shown in the photo above was taken during a final "punch list" inspection of a home under construction in Orlando, Florida.

Unfortunately, this makeshift "box" encasing the fixture not only renders it unusable to the homeowner (without scraping their knuckles), it will create additional problems (and costs) in the future.  If the valve should leak, the water will be forced into the wood framed walls behind the stucco.  In addition, during repair or replacement of this fixture, the stucco will have to be broken away and replaced.

This framed "box" was installed by the builder as a solution to correct a loose hose bibb that was not properly secured to the structure (see photo below).  

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Hose bibb as it appeared during previous construction progress inspection
(three months prior).

Fixture shutoff valves at outside hose bibbs should be routinely checked for proper operation.  Brand name spray-type lubricants can often loosen stubborn valves and prevent against freezing up.  If this method is ineffective, a licensed plumber should evaluate and/or replace the valve to ensure future operation when needed.  Visible corrosion at a shutoff valve, fixture or fitting is an indication the fixture is leaking and requires attention.

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The digital photo above was taken by a Guardian® home inspector during a pre-purchase home inspection.

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