Have you noticed moist patches of soil around your home’s foundation? We suspect a leaking hose bib is to blame! Research has shown that household leaks can waste nearly 900 billion gallons of water annually all over the country.
A trickling outdoor spigot may not be on your priority list, but you’d be surprised at the amount of water it can waste and how much it can cost you.
Here’s how you can repair a dripping hose bib and protect further plumbing issues from occurring.
Tighten the Packing Nut
Using a wrench or pliers to tighten the packing nut. Make sure you don’t pull it too much because that can damage the fixture or pose difficulty when you want to turn the handle.
Test the fixture by opening and closing the water. If it’s still leaking, it’s a sign that you need to substitute the washer.
Switch Off the Water System
Before you substitute the washer, close the shutoff valve or if your hose bib doesn’t have a shutoff valve, switch the water system off and then empty the faucet.
Get Rid of the Handle Assembly
A pair of pliers or wrench will be enough to remove the handle. Rotate the packing nut counterclockwise until it comes off.
Take out the Handle’s Packing Screw
Take a screwdriver to extract the packing washer. You can take the last washer to your local store so that you get a replacement of the right size.
Replace the Packing Washer
Pop in your latest washer and fasten it in position. Put the faucet back in place and pull the packing nut but not too tightly.
Turn the Waterworks Back On
Switch your water supply on and twist the faucet multiple times to check if you were successful in fixing your leaking hose bib.
Protect Your Outdoor Faucets
By inspecting your outdoor faucets for any leaks or drips before winter, you can prevent several plumbing issues. You should also check the walls and foundation near your hose bib for any holes or cracks and seal them to prevent cold air from damaging your pipes.
Additionally, you should remove any hoses and connections to your hose bib because it can trap water and freeze the fixtures. You can also drain the faucet to prevent ice from forming and insulate your outdoor faucet with faucet covers to provide them with extra heat.
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