It would be great if things could last forever without needing to be replaced or upkeep. It would be great if things that you don’t think about often, like your outdoor faucet, worked all the time. Unfortunately, thermodynamic laws apply to all things, even outdoor faucets. Your faucet will eventually need to be replaced.
It’s not difficult to replace an outdoor faucet. If you have the right tools and the correct replacement, it is possible to do it yourself. We have compiled everything you need about outdoor faucet replacement to help you make this easy. Here are some tips to help you determine if the faucet needs to be replaced. Then, we’ll show you how to replace it yourself in the next sections.
- How to tell if your outdoor faucet needs replacement
- How to replace your outdoor faucet
- Common Damage to Outdoor Faucets
- How to extend the life of your outdoor faucet
How to tell if your outdoor faucet needs replacement
There are no two spigots that break the same. There are some common signs that indicate that it is time to replace your spigot. Here are some examples:
- Inconsistently high water pressure: This can often be a sign that there is something wrong with your faucet. If your water pressure is good elsewhere on your property but the spigot is struggling, it might be time to replace it.
- Environmental damage: You may notice rust and other buildup on the outside of your faucet. This could be more than an eye-sore. Interior corrosion can lead to water insecurity or even ruin.
- Dripping – While it may seem like a small problem at first, dripping can lead to higher water bills and other problems. The most damaging thing about damp ground is that it can be a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus which can cause serious damage to your home.
How to replace your outdoor faucet
These are the signs that your faucet is not repairable. Follow these steps to replace it.
- Buy a replacement faucet.
- To prevent any problems during installation of the new spigot, shut off the water supply.
- By unscrewing the valve, you can drain the water from the faucet. The pipe can be held in place with a second wrench.
- To remove an existing faucet, drill holes in concrete. Do not drill into the faucet.
- Remove the faucet from the wall. You can move the faucet counterclockwise with a large wrench until it is free.
- Place the new faucet where the old faucet was. To prevent leaks, tighten the fitting.
- To ensure there are no leaks, turn the water off and make sure the faucet works.
- Fill in the cracks with concrete and allow it to dry.
Common Damage to Outdoor Faucets
Because of their location, outdoor faucets can be exposed to environmental damage. There are many possible causes of damage, including rust, severe cold and clogs. General wear and tear is the most common cause of damage.
How to extend the life of your outdoor faucet
Your outdoor faucet, like any other item in your home should be maintained regularly to avoid a complete break. This can be done by inspecting your outdoor faucet every few months to ensure that it is clean and free from any buildup. If you live in an area that experiences extreme cold, make sure to cover your faucet during winter months. These tips will ensure your faucet lasts longer and less likely to need to be replaced.