How to Repair a Leaky Outdoor Faucet

faucet repair, leaky faucet, outdoor faucetMany homeowners notice a leaky outdoor faucet but take no action. Since it’s outside the home, they believe the ramifications are not important. Ignoring the issue, however, can result in hundreds of gallons of wasted water and a skyrocketing bill. Fortunately, the problem is fixable.

Locate the Leak

In most instances, the leak occurs at the stem. This is the part of the faucet where the handle is located. Water typically leaks from behind the handle. The stem wears out over the years as you constantly turn the handle on and off. In addition, hard water, quite prevalent in the Snohomish area, can stiffen the washer, leading to a leak.

If left untreated, the leaking water can puddle around the foundation, gradually leading to concrete damage.

The Repair Process

Most leaky exterior faucets can be repaired using nothing more than a wrench. All you have to do is locate the packing nut located behind the handle. Tightening the nut will stop the leak in most instances.

If this does not solve the problem, then you may need to call plumbing services. If you take pride as a DIYer, however, then you may proceed to the steps outlined below.

  1. Turn off the water supply to the faucet.
  2. Unscrew and remove the rod-like faucet stem.
  3. Inspect the washer assembly. If it appears worn, replace it.
  4. Use a screwdriver to pop open the vacuum breaker cap.
  5. Remove the breaker by unscrewing the retainer. The leak may be due to a dirty vacuum breaker. Clean it and reinstall the components.

We Repair Leaky Outdoor Faucets

The exterior faucet is a part of your plumbing system as much as the indoor faucets and heating. Call Plumbing & Heating Specialist if the leak occurs frequently. Our special offers make repairs affordable. A leaky outdoor faucet warrants your immediate attention.

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