Watering the grass, washing the car, hooking up the slip n slide, these are rites of passage for summer. But a leaking outside faucet or spigot can put the brakes on outdoor activities.
“If an outside spigot is leaking, it can increase a homeowner’s water bill. Water saturation can cause yard and home foundation damage, not to mention the annoyance of dealing with a leaky faucet,” said Brian McMahon, owner of Levis Plumbing. Brian will explain what to look for in order to identify the source of an outside spigot leak.
“If a homeowner has a leak, the first thing they should do is locate the main water supply valve and shut it off, stopping the leak dead in its tracks,” said Brian.
Leaks in outdoor spigots typically occur in the handle and spout. Try tightening the nut, located behind the handle with a wrench. If that does stop the leak, the leak is coming from the spout and the faucet will have to be taken apart.
No matter how tightly the nozzle is being turned, the faucet will not stop leaking and it could be the result of a damaged washer or another component. “If a worn out component is the source of the leak, make sure it is being replaced with the correct one,” said Brian.
In the winter, water in the pipe can freeze and expand to cause the pipe to split. If this is the case, the damaged section of pipe will have to be replaced. It is critical to disconnect the hose from the faucet at the beginning of winter. This simple step can prevent pipes from freezing.
“Everything is fixable or replaceable, so don’t panic,” assures Brian.
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