How to Fix a Leaky Outdoor Faucet

Summer is about to get into full swing, especially with the kids out of school. When heat of summer settles in, it means you use your outdoor plumbing more. Children play in the sprinklers, you need to water your lawn more, and there’s nothing quite as therapeutic as washing your own vehicle. To make sure your outdoor plumbing is ready for the increased usage, it’s a good idea to inspection your outdoor hose bibs. Are they ready for summer too?

If the answer is no, you need to make repairs sooner than later. A leaky hose bib isn’t just wasting water, it’s slowly causing damage to your home’s foundation. Ignore this problem for too long and you end up with a very expensive repair.

Why Do Hose Bibs Develop Leaks?

There are a few reasons why this happens. For people who live in climates that experience very cold winters, leftover water in the hose bib freezes. Eventually, the pressure causes the hose bib to crack. In Southern California, we don’t usually experience a lot of problems associated with frozen pipes. If you live in a higher elevation, you might have this problem, but it’s not widespread in the regions we serve.

That brings us to the other reasons for disrepair. One reason that your outdoor faucets might leak is that they’re simply exposed. Hose bibs jut out from the siding and something get damaged accidentally. Also, if you’re using your outdoor faucets frequently, the fasteners have a tendency to come loose.

Age is another reason for leaky hose bibs. Over time, simple wear and tear does a number on any type of plumbing. Outdoor faucets are no exceptions. The bib might be leaking because it’s simply time to replace this part of your home’s plumbing.

Hose Bib Repair

If you want to take a crack at repairing a hose bib, here are some tips:

  • Make sure to turn the water supply off to the hose bib before starting any repairs.
  • Start simply. Remember we said that sometimes hose bibs come loose? Try tightening the packing nut first and see if this stops the leak.
  • If tightening the packing nut doesn’t work, the next step is to check the washer in the bib. Are they loose? If yes, try tightening this part of the faucet.
  • Grab a pair of needle nose and remove any old packing material that remains in the valve. If you have a new hose bid, you won’t have this issue because new bibs use rubber O-rings. Packing material is common in older faucets.

Repair vs. Replacement

Would you prefer professional outdoor faucet repair services? At Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter, we offer our customers two options. You have the option to repair the hose bib or install a new hose bib. After the plumber looks at the problem, he or she gives you the best recommendation. If the repair isn’t possible or costs more than a simple replacement, obviously we’ll suggest replacing the bib. The good news is that this type of plumbing repair isn’t too costly and done fairly quickly. You’ll be ready to water your lawn again in just an hour or so.

To schedule an appointment with one of our plumbers, give us a call today at (888) 668-8922.