As the summer continues, you’ll be using outdoor faucets more and more. Whether you are watering your lawn or setting up a sprinkler for the kids to run through, your faucet will get a workout! Be on the lookout for the most common outdoor faucet plumbing problem – a leak.
Leaky faucets will waste water and cause high water bills. This is unnecessary, as most leaks are relatively easy to fix.
For this project, you will need:
- A washer
- A crescent wrench
- Faucet grease or petroleum jelly
- A screwdriver.
You can find almost all of these items at the local plumbing supply store. Look for a small tray or box to keep your tools in while you are working on the faucets (to avoid wasting time searching for tools).
Turn off the faucet’s water supply. Remove the faucet handle by loosening the center screw with a screwdriver; at this point, the handle should be easy to remove. Put that center screw in a safe place, where it will not get lost in the grass, so you can easily reassemble your faucet.
Turn the packing nut under the handle counterclockwise to remove it. Take out the stem – it will look like a long rod with a washer at the end. Take off the washer and replace it with a new one. Grease the stem with faucet grease or petroleum jelly and reassemble the handle.
If the faucet is still leaking, consider calling the experts. Your local plumbers will have a good idea of what may be causing the leak and will be able to quickly pinpoint the problem. Never feel bad about asking for help from plumbing contractors! Anytime you feel over your head, it’s time to reach out and get a hand completing your project!
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