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How to Replace an Outdoor Faucet
How to Replace an Outdoor Faucet
How to Replace an Outdoor Faucet
How to Replace an Outdoor Faucet
03 March,2023

How to Replace an Outdoor Faucet

Outdoor faucets, or hose bibs, are essential for maintaining a lush garden and keeping your home's exterior clean. However, just like any other plumbing fixture, they can wear out over time; therefore, faucet replacement may be necessary. High-Speed Plumbing has these tips on determining if your outdoor faucet requires replacing, common causes of damage, how to extend its life expectancy, and finally, how to replace it properly.

How To Tell If Your Outdoor Faucet Needs Replacing

Inconsistent Water Pressure

If you notice a decreased water pressure when using your outdoor faucet, it could be time for a replacement. Factors such as damaged or worn-out washers, blockages in the faucet, or corroded pipes can all lead to inconsistent water pressure.

Environmental Damage Building Up

Outdoor faucets are exposed to elements like rain, snow, and sunlight, which can wreak havoc over time. Rust and corrosion on the valve stem may develop over time, making it difficult to turn on or off. Furthermore, freezing temperatures may cause cracking in the faucet resulting in leaks and water damage.

Dripping

A dripping faucet can be annoying and expensive, leading to increased water bills and damage to your home's foundation. If you notice a constant drip from your outdoor faucet, it could be due to damage caused by worn-out washers or valve seats that need replacing over time.

How To Replace Your Outdoor Faucet

Replacing an outdoor faucet may also involve replacing its washer/valve seat assembly.

Step 1: Shut Off the Water Supply

Before beginning any plumbing project, turning off the water supply to the affected area is essential. Locate your outdoor faucet shut-off valve (usually located near your water meter or inside your home) and turn it clockwise to stop all water flow.

Step 2: Remove the Old Faucet

To remove an existing faucet, loosen its mounting screws or bolts using a wrench. Pull it away from the wall and disconnect any water lines or pipes attached to it - taking care not to damage these components during this process.

Step 3: Installing the New Faucet

Insert the faucet into its designated hole in the wall and secure it with mounting screws or bolts. Reattach any water lines or pipes to the new faucet, tightening them securely. Turn your water supply back on and test for leaks or drips.

Common Causes of Damage to Outdoor Faucets

  • Freezing Temperatures - When the water inside a faucet freezes, it expands and can cause cracking or burst.
  • Corrosion - Exposure to the elements can lead to rust and corrosion on the valve stem, resulting in difficulty turning the on and off the faucet.
  • Improper Installation - When your faucet isn't installed properly, it could lead to leaks and water damage.

How To Extend The Life Of Your Outdoor Faucet

Regular maintenance will help extend your outdoor faucet's usefulness. Here are a few tips for keeping it in good condition:

  • Insulate the faucet to protect it from freezing temperatures.
  • Regularly clean the faucet to eliminate dirt or debris buildup.
  • Replace any damaged washers or valve seats promptly.
  • Avoid using excessive force when turning on and off the faucet.

High-Speed Plumbing

If you're feeling uneasy replacing your outdoor faucet or experiencing any difficulties, feel free to call a professional plumber for help. A licensed plumber can offer high-speed plumbing services so that your outdoor faucet is changed quickly and efficiently with minimal disruption to your daily activities.

Replacing an outdoor faucet may seem intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. With the right tools and knowledge, you can do it quickly and restore proper water flow to your home.

Before beginning any plumbing project, always turn off the water supply and take precautions to prevent damaging pipes or fittings. Regular maintenance can help extend the life of your outdoor faucet; if any issues arise, call a professional plumber immediately so as not to cause further harm.

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