Outdoor Faucet Repair / Replace
Leaks of any kind in your home plumbing can spell trouble for the water pressure, as well as your utility bills. One area you may not think about all that often is the outdoor faucet that you attach your hose to during the warmer months of the year. These faucets can easily become corroded, and the rubber pieces inside them brittle if they are not properly taken care of. Luckily, repairs are easy and can usually be done by you, and if anything more serious arises that would require a faucet replacement, our experienced team is only a phone call away.
What Causes Outdoor Faucet Issues?
Outdoor faucets are exposed to the elements year-round, and during the summer months, they are used relentlessly to run sprinklers, water plants, and to fill swimming pools. All of this wear tear, especially while being outside during freezing winter temperatures will inevitably create leaks or cracks over time.
Outdoor Faucet Repair
If your faucet is simply dripping when you turn it on, there is actually a very simple process you can use to repair and tighten the spigot. If the issue becomes larger, or you are uncomfortable doing the repair on your own you can always schedule our team for a repair call.
Turn off the inline valve that controls the water line coming into the faucet, or simply shut off the main water supply for the house.
Unscrew the nut under the handle of the faucet. Since the hardware can become corroded over time, you will likely need to use a lubricant and a pair of pliers.
Once the nut is off, you can pull the valve out of the faucet housing. Using a Philips head screwdriver to pry off the washers and replace them as needed.
A leak is usually attributed to a washer that has broken or become so brittle over the years it is no longer doing its part to stop the flow of water. If you have everything reassembled and the faucet is still leaking, then the problem may be coming from the handle. Repeat the same process as outlined above, except this time replace the washer at the bottom of the handle. Again, you may need a spray lubricant and a pair of pliers to get the hardware loose. We will caution you to not over tighten any part of the faucet assembly. While it may seem like tighter is better when it comes to plumbing, too much strain on the washers could break them or create the opposite effect, actually allowing more water to escape.
Outdoor Faucet Replacement
If despite your best efforts, or the best efforts of your plumber to repair the leaking faucet it may be time to install a replacement. The metal on an outdoor faucet can become rusted, corroded, or even crack after years of use, making it impossible to repair by simply replacing the washers. On average, an outdoor faucet will cost anywhere from $100 - $300 to replace, and once the new faucet is in hand, the installation process is fairly quick. Outdoor faucet repair and replacement can be complicated if you lack the right tools or knowledge to complete the job, especially if the leak becomes a deeper problem that affects the indoor plumbing as well. For helpful service and a knowledgeable team, contact Jolly Plumbing!