Reasons Your Outside Spigots May Leak

The spigots on the sides of your house can lose you a lot of money if they start to leak. Even a slow leak, like a drip falling every three seconds can amount to five gallons of water wasted each day. That’s over 1800 unnecessary gallons a year!

Reasons Your Outside Spigots May Leak

So it’s important to stay vigilant and understand what can cause those leaks to happen in the outside spigots (or hose bibbs, as they are sometimes called).

Common Causes of Outside Leaks

The loosening of washers or nuts can be behind leaks in any faucet, not just outside spigots. This should be your first assumption when it comes to a spigot leak. These fasteners can get loose over time, especially if you run the water frequently.

The other likely culprit can be water freezes. Erosion caused by ice can be mitigated by using frost-resistant spigots, which are distinctly longer, adding more distance between the connection part of the valve and the outside elements.

Ideas for Fixes

If you have some experience with DIY, then you could likely fix the leak on your own. You should have washers, packing nuts, or even a new spigot in hand if you think there is enough damage to warrant replacement instead of retightening. Just be sure to cut the water main and have thread tape on hand when doing the fix.

Don’t feel like fixing that leak yourself? No problem. Just call (219) 322-4906 to get in touch with Reichelt Plumbing, the reliable plumbers here in Northwest Indiana.

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