Repairing a Leaky Outdoor Faucet or Hose Bib
Posted Feb 09th 2014 | By:
A task you may have to tackle from time to time is a leaky faucet. Not only do the ones inside your home leak once in a while, but the ones outside your home do as well. It is the exterior faucet hose bib we will take a look at herein.
A leaking faucet amounts to quite a significant amount of water waste, even if the leak is slow. In addition to adding expense to your water bill, should you live in an area where water is metered, all that excess water can make quite a mess of your yard. Even if the drip seems infrequent, accumulation is still possible over time. This means a nasty, muddy mess around the faucet area that can lead to unsightly erosion if not repaired.
When it comes time to fix your leaking outdoor faucet, there are a couple of things you can try. The first step in the process of eliminating the problem is to tighten the packing nut behind the handle of your faucet. With a pair of pliers, give the nut a about a quarter turn and reassess the leak. If it has stopped, your problem is solved. If it has not stopped, further action is necessary.
To move forward in your leak repair, you are going to have to turn off your water at the source, such as the main valve near the street on which you live. Once the water is off, return to your faucet and remove the head with your pliers. What you might see is a worn washer, which could be another potential source of the leak. To replace the washer, you will need to unscrew it and then place a washer of the same size and thickness in its place. With the new washer attached, replace the faucet head and ensure it is tightly in place. Return to the main line and turn your water on once again.
With your faucet reassembled and your water operational, it is time to test the hose bib. Turn it on and let it run for a few seconds to clear air from the line. Once you are satisfied that the air has cleared, turn the faucet off once more. Within a few seconds you should notice that your leak problem is solved and there is no longer a drip. While this is a fairly easy and straightforward repair, it is something you should be aware of and able to execute when the need arises. Having all your outdoor faucets and hose bibs in good working order free of leaks will not only save you money, but will also save the condition of your yard and keep home owner frustrations at bay.
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