How to Fix a Dripping Outdoor Faucet

A dripping outdoor faucet has more implications than water waste. You could be damaging the foundation of your building with that slow drip that can eat away at masonry. A dripping outdoor faucet can wear away the soil underneath it.

A dripping outdoor faucet can stain concrete and actually weaken it as well. The bottom line a dripping outdoor faucet needs to be repaired. Repairing an outdoor faucet is actually simple and will take you less than 30 minutes even if you are inexperienced.

Easy Steps

Fixing an outdoor faucet is easy when you know how to do it. By following the easy steps below you will be able to repair your faucet. First step in any repair job is to get your tools together prior to any repairs.

You will need an adjustable wrench, a Phillips head screw driver, some plumbers tape and some washers of various sizes. It is fine to choose cold water washer because it is for an outdoor faucet.

Step 1

Turn off the water supply to the faucet. You may have to turn off the main water line if you do not have separate shut offs for each line in your home. Once you have shut the water down than you can start taking apart the faucet to find the problem.

Step 2

You will have to take apart the faucet by first removing the handle. This is where the Phillips head screw driver comes in handy. Once you have the actual faucet handle off you can take a look to see what condition the washer is in.

You will easily be able to recognize a broken or worn washer. In most cases replacing the washer will cure the problem. In some cases you may have to take additional steps.

Step 3

Once you have replaced the worn washer and are ready to replace the faucet handle use the plumbing tape to add a little bit of extra protection. Simply wrap some of the plumbers tape around the threads of the faucet (where you will put the handle back on) and then continue with reattaching the handle.

In the event you take apart the faucet and the washer seems to be okay you may have to actually replace the faucet because you may not be able to repair it. Just like everything else faucets can simply become worn out and unrepairable.
Posted on Jun 28, 2014


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