LR, Unfortunately, it may be that the building codes on your new house came back to haunt you. Many places require that you put freeze proof spigots on newer homes. The problem seems to be that the directions for the spigots aren't left with the owner. The directions are very clear, alarmingly clear, that if you leave a hose attached they will fail. The other thing that you have no way of knowing is that since these freeze proof spigots have a cylinder with a plunger inside of it it won't fail until you turn the water on. Sound like I've been there? Try returning from a 2 week vacation to find your basement flooded. (The driveway sealer company was the first to use that spigot that year.) Good news for us was that our insurance covered it.