What to When Your Outdoor Faucet is Leaking - Fixing Your Leaky Outdoor Faucet
An outdoor faucet leak is not usually at the top of a homeowner’s to-do list. However, a leaky faucet cannot only be annoying, but it can waste hundreds of gallons of water if neglected.
The first thing you want to do it locate exactly where the hose bib is leaking from. This can be from the packing area when the hose bib is running or even a constant leak when the hose bib is off. If the water is leaking from the valve stem while the water is on, you can easily fix the problem by tightening the packing nut.
If you notice that the hose bib is cracked, or that the water is coming from another area other than the joint, you may have to replace the entire hose bib. Read this guide on replacing a leaking faucet outside.
Materials and Tools
- Replacement washer
- Replacement hose bib
Tips Before You Get Started
A leaky faucet can be as annoying as it is costly. One drip per second adds up to a ton of wasted water for your home. If you notice that the grass directly under the faucet is growing better than any of the other grass in your yard, this may be a sign that you have a leak.
If the water isn’t shutting off all the way, this could be a sign that you need to replace your packing nut, bonnet nut, or washer. When you go to replace these, be sure and check the rubber around the old washer. This could be left behind by the hose connector, and cause your new washer to not seal properly, causing the unit to persist in leaking. Once the connecter s free of the previous washer, push the new one in ensuring that it is sealed against the metal connector. When you screw everything back together use your pliers to ensure a snug fit.
Steps for Repair
How to fix an outdoor faucet leak when the water is not shutting off all the way:
- Shut off the water.
- Use your pliers or wrench to remove the bonnet nut. This may prove to be easier if you remove the packing nut and handle first, but it is not required.
- Unscrew until you can remove the stem. At the bottom of the stem, you can see the washer.
- Replace the washer with a washer of the size thickness and size. Ensure that this is tightly installed.
- Replace the stem and screw back in the bonnet nut.
- Replace the handle and packing nut if removed.
- Turn the water on and test for leaks.
- Turn the water off and test for leaks.
If the outdoor faucet leak persists after the washer replacement you will need to replace the hose bib:
Shut off the water. For this job, you will need to shut off the water to the entire house.
- Unfasten the faucet. Remove any screws that hold the faucet to the house. Remove anything else that is holding the faucet in place, such as paint or caulking.
- Disconnect the faucet. If possible, you will want to locate the faucet from underneath the house. If the connection runs into a wall you will have to cut an access panel. You will need at least two pairs of adjustable wrenches or pliers, one to support the water line and the other to unscrew the valve from the housing unit. If the unit is soldered you may need to cut this off and install an adapter.
- Remove the faucet. Return to the leaking faucet outside and it out of the wall.
Install the new faucet. Take the new faucet and apply plumber’s tape around the threads. Feed this end into the opening. Ensure the faucet is pointing down and screw the valve into position.
- Check for leaks. Turn the water both on and off while checking for leaks. If there are no leaks present anchor the faucet to the wall.
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