Now that we’re heading toward summer months and warmer temperatures, it’s time to get out the garden hoses and connect them to your outdoor faucets. Most of you will do this without a hitch, but some of you are going to find out that your faucet won’t work anymore.

One of the most common causes of faucet failure is the damage done by years of exposure to freezing and thawing. We’ve seen plenty of cases where an ageing faucet stem breaks over the course of a winter, even a relatively mild one like the one we just had in Northeast Ohio.

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