Outdoor Spigot Repair
If a small outdoor faucet leak develops, it can have a big impact on your property as well as your utility bills. Your home’s foundation could be at risk for damage, and your bank account balance may rapidly decline if you have to pay higher water bill — not to mention the added expense of property repairs if the leak is left alone.
This is why homeowners who find their outdoor hose spigot leaking, they should arrange for outdoor faucet repair as soon as possible.
At ARS/Rescue Rooter, our professional plumbers have years of experience dealing with outdoor faucets and spigots. Faucets break, and we’re proud of the outstanding reputation our plumbing services have developed.
When a faucet breaks, it’s best to deal with a leak as soon as you notice it or else the potential damage could increase exponentially. Call our team so we can help you handle the leak. Our Exceptional Service Guarantee puts in writing that we will not be happy with the job until you are completely satisfied.
If your exterior hose faucet is failing or broken, ARS/Rescue Rooter is the service to call. Contact us today to book an appointment for faucet replacement or repairs!
Signs of a Leaky Outdoor Faucet
It’s not always immediately apparent that you have an outdoor faucet with a leak. Here are the main signs that you need immediate exterior faucet repair:
Damage to the Home’s Foundation
Plumbing repair professionals are often required when a leaking faucet leads to foundational damage. Concrete foundations are tough, but water is a universal solvent. The foundation can easily be weakened and damaged by water leaking from a broken faucet. Regular maintenance and repairs can help prevent such problems.
Faucet Is Damaged
If the faucet no longer turns or shows some other sign of damage, it’s a clear indicator of a leak — even if you don’t see immediate evidence of water. This is also a clear indicator a new faucet is needed.
Low Water Pressure
If you can't find an interior leak to fix, check for dripping faucets outside your home. Chances are if you know you're experiencing a plumbing problem but can't find it inside, check outdoors.
Water Pools in Your Front or Backyard
Water should naturally drain away, such as after a rain shower. Pooled water on your grounds is a sign that the spigot could be leaking, as the ground can’t keep up with absorbing it. While this is also a sign of a sewer line issue, depending on the location it could be an underground pipe leading to your faucet.
High Water Bills
Often, it isn’t until homeowners open the latest utility bill that they have an indication there is a leaking faucet. If you haven’t changed your water usage patterns significantly (such as taking daily one-hour showers instead of 10-minute showers every other day), but the bill is skyrocketing, it could be a sign of a leak.
To conserve natural resources and save money on your utility payments, repairing leaking faucets is in order.
It’s particularly important to check for leaks in the spring because people tend to water the property more often. You probably won’t want to have your plumbing system in disrepair just when you need it the most!
How to Address Leaky Faucets Before Calling Spigot Repair Services
It’s possible that you can do something to address a leaking outdoor hose faucet before you get on the phone with ARS/Rescue Rooter. If you are handy around the house and know your way around a toolbox, maybe you can take care of the leak on your own.
Here are some tips:
Check the washers: Over time, friction takes a toll on washers, wearing them out. Replace the washer to see if it stops the leak.
Insulate your pipe: If your pipes have become damaged because of frozen water, it can cause cracks to form in the pipe, leading to a leaking faucet. Insulating your pipes can help keep them safer during the winter.
Remove mineral buildup at the faucet: The naturally occurring minerals in your local water supply can accumulate as deposits at the spout of your faucet. Regular inspection and cleaning should help avoid this issue.
Reasons Outdoor Faucets Leak
Most homeowners will eventually have to deal with outdoor spigot leaks. However, you may be wondering why they begin to leak in the first place. The most common reasons for a leaky outside hose faucet include:
Damage From Frost
Sometimes during the winter, the pipes freeze. Under these circumstances, you should turn off the pipes and drain them to prevent further damage. However, after turning the water back on in springtime, you may find that the pipes are damaged, causing water to leak from the faucets.
Washers Have Worn Out
Washers are not permanent parts of exterior faucets. You have to plan ahead, expecting them to eventually fail. Busy homeowners will want to stay on top of their faucets by arranging for the plumbing professionals at ARS/Rescue Rooter to come and make inspections periodically.
After all, a stitch in time saves nine, as the saying goes. A bit of preventative maintenance can serve you well, keeping your plumbing system in top shape.
The Packing Nut May Have Come Loose
A loose packing nut can cause water to start leaking near the handle of your home’s exterior faucet. This is something that DIY-enthusiasts can sometimes handle on their own by tightening it using pliers. Be prepared for a bigger leak, though, if you damage the faucet when attempting your repair.
Don’t Wait for Outdoor Faucet Repair
An outdoor faucet with a leak certainly wastes resources and drives up utility bills. It’s best to bring in plumbers who have been repairing outside faucets and installing new faucets for years, such as the team ARS/Rescue Rooter.
Don't feel hosed over a leaking outdoor faucet! For expert exterior faucet repair and installation, please contact us today to book an appointment for service.