One thing that a lot of people don't realize can be a huge problem is a leaky outdoor faucet.
Leaky spigots might not seem like a big deal but let alone they can cause foundation damage due to water rot, back up water into your home, and contribute to excessive mold and mildew growth.
So, we put together this guide on how to take care of a leaky outdoor faucet before it causes problems.
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Parts of an Outdoor Faucet & Frost Free Spigot
As a general rule of thumb, if the handle for your faucet is perpendicular to the faucet itself, then it’s probably a frost-free faucet. If the handle is not perpendicular, then it’s probably not a frost free spigot.
Here are the main parts of an outdoor spigot:
Water can leak in from any of these parts if they are loose or worn down.
What Causes a Leaky Outdoor Faucet or Spigot?
A leaky faucet or spigot can be caused by a lot of things. Here are some of the most common causes of a leaky water spigot.
How to Fix a Leaky Outdoor Faucet (& Tools Required)
Fortunately, a leaky outdoor spigot is normally a simple issue that you can often fix yourself. Here is a quick rundown of the tools you will need to fix a leaky faucet.
It can also help to have a bucket and some rags around to catch any excess water that leaks out while working. You can buy replacement parts at any local hardware store.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to fix a leaky faucet.
Once you have diagnosed and repaired the problem, reassemble the faucet and test it out by turning it on then off. Wait a minute or two to see if the leaking persists.
People also Ask (FAQs)
Do you need a plumber to replace an outside faucet
No, often, you can fix a leaky faucet by yourself without a professional plumber.
How much does it cost to replace an outdoor spigot?
It depends on the part that is broken, but the typical outdoor spigot can cost anywhere between $30-$100 to replace/fix.
Will a leaking outdoor faucet freeze? How do you prevent this?
Yes, leaking outdoor faucets are more prone to freezing during the winter because excess water is still stuck in the pipes. You can prevent this problem by making sure your faucet does not leak or turning the water line off during the winter.
What are the main types of outdoor faucets?
The two main types of outdoor faucets are regular and frost-free faucets.
A leaky spigot might not seem like a big issue, but it can balloon into a serious problem if not take care of quickly. A frost-free faucet will also help prevent any damage caused by a leaking faucet during the winter.
Ian Haynes is an expert writer who has successfully deployed over 500 plumbing pages and other related content. He has an excellent understanding of home plumbing issues and translates his experiences via Plumbing Lab so readers can have a better understanding of common household problems. Outside of his work, Ian likes exploring Brooklyn with his Labrador.