How to Get Your Outdoor Spigots Ready for Summer

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As summer approaches, it’s important to remember to check and maintain our outdoor plumbing to prepare for the increased demand during the warmer months. Often forgotten, tasks like preparing spigots and water hoses are crucial for everything ranging from gardening to outdoor fun. Ensuring these outdoor fixtures are in good working order is essential. But don’t worry; that’s what Westerville Plumbing & Drain is here for. We want to help you identify and fix any leaks, making sure you can enjoy your summer without any interruptions. 

How Do You Spot a Spigot Leak?

If you don’t know how to identify leaks, you might not realize you have one. Remember, it’s crucial to repair a leak on your spigot as soon as you discover it. Leaks can often go unnoticed for too long. So, if you find a leak, it could have been happening for a while since your last check. 

  • Dripping Water: Turn the faucet on for a bit. If water leaks from the spigot while it’s on or after turning it off, it needs further investigation. Water should flow from the spout (or water hose) directly, not from beneath or around the spigot. 
  • Low Water Pressure: Now, try checking the water pressure when the faucet is on. A significantly low water flow rate could indicate a leak in your system, requiring a professional evaluation to identify the issue. 
  • Corrosion or Rust: A rusted spigot also signals a problem, often indicating a leak is present that must be fixed. So, if you spot corrosion on your fixture, it’s wise to call a plumber immediately. 
  • Water Stains or Mold: Keep an eye out for water stains or mold, which can appear suddenly. They are silent signals indicating there is an underlying issue. Homeowners should regularly inspect the area around spigots for these signs. So, if you do find signs of water stains or mold, don’t be afraid to bring in an expert. 

How Do You Fix a Spigot Leak?

Fixing a spigot leak is straightforward with these simple steps. For common issues such as dripping water, follow the instructions below. But remember, for complicated problems like low water pressure, etc., consulting a professional is the best route. 

  • Tighten Loose Connections: Check for any loose connections and tighten them with a wrench. Be firm but make sure to maneuver gently to avoid damaging the spigot. 
  • Replace Worn-out Washers: Washers can wear out over time, leading to leaks. Don’t be alarmed, as this is a normal occurrence. So, if tightening the fixture didn’t help, try replacing the old washers with new ones. 
  • Seal Any Openings: Over time, cracks and openings may appear around the fixture due to consistent use and exposure to the elements. You can fix this by using waterproof sealant to cover any visible cracks or gaps around the spigot. 
  • Implement Backflow Prevention: Got backflow issues? Installing a backflow preventer can protect your water supply from contamination by preventing water from flowing back into your plumbing. 
  • Upgrade to Frost-Free Spigots: To avoid issues with freezing and leaks, consider switching to frost-free spigots. They’re designed to prevent freezing and leaks resulting from frozen fixtures, ultimately making sure your outdoor fixtures are built to withstand Ohio’s winter weather. 

How Do You Know When You Should Call a Professional Plumber? 

Understanding when to call in a professional can significantly impact your plumbing system’s success. It’s important to discern carefully if you’re able to fix a leak on your own or if it’s time to call a professional for a diagnosis. Remember, if you’re facing issues like water stains, mold, rusted fixtures, or very low water pressure, it’s probably time to get a professional involved.  

By following these tips to identify and fix spigot leaks, as a homeowner, you can protect your outdoor plumbing and avoid disruptions, ensuring a worry-free summer but cool summer for both your family and your loved ones! 

Call Westerville Plumbing & Drain for any plumbing issues you may have at (614) 540-3437, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!