In addition to wasting water and money, a leaking outdoor faucet can cause damage to the spigot itself, the wall on which it’s installed, and your home’s foundation.
Outdoor faucets can develop leaks in several places:
- The packing nut on the outside of the handle. Using pliers or a wrench, rotate the retaining nut behind the handle. Avoid cranking the nut too far, though; 1/8- to ¼-turn should do the trick.
- The packing itself. If snugging up the packing nut doesn’t stop your leak, you may need to add packing underneath the nut.
- The washer at the end of the stem. If your faucet leaks even with the water turned off, try replacing the washer at the base of the faucet stem. Turn off the water, remove the nut and handle, pull out the stem, and replace the washer. It may be helpful to take the washer to your local home improvement store to make sure you choose the correct replacement part.
- The valve seat. If you find yourself repairing leaks time and time again and you have a frost-free faucet, the valve seat is likely worn, which means it’s time to replace the entire fixture. Be sure to take accurate measurements of the faucet’s length or, to be certain you’re purchasing the right replacement, take the faucet and stem to the store with you.
- The vacuum breaker. If water is dripping from underneath your frost-free faucet’s vacuum cap, replace the breaker.
Maplewood Plumbing and Sewer has been repairing outdoor faucets in St. Louis homes for more than 30 years. Our family owned business prides itself on our solid reputation in the community. Give us a call and see for yourself why our loyal customers won’t use anyone else!
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