Fixing a Leaky Outdoor Faucet in London

Updated on Thursday 23rd July 2020

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Outdoor faucets, also named hose bibbs, a lot of times start dripping or leaking around the handle in time. Fixing a dripping outdoor faucet in London can save you a lot of money on water bills, not to mention that it can help maintain a healthy planet. As a homeowner, you can try to DIY or ask for the help of a qualified plumber in London

In order to cease the dripping of the outdoor faucet, the first thing a homeowner should do is to use an adjustable wrench or pliers to lightly tighten the packing nut under the faucet handle in a clockwise direction, which is a basic plumbing issue.

If this measure does not cease the dripping, the rubber washer will have to be replaced. To fix a leaky outdoor faucet, our plumber in London recommends you to follow the steps listed below.
 

1.    Turn off the water


First of all, the water needs to be turned off at the water meter. This is accomplished with the use of a cut-off key. If you can't handle this procedure, you can request the assistance of a plumber
 

2.    Unscrew the nut


Then, unscrew the packing nut under the faucet handle.
 

3.    Pull out the valve stem


Grip the handle of the faucet and yank the valve stem out of the faucet.
 

4.    Take out the screw


Take the screw out from the valve stem holding the washer of the faucet.
 

5.    Replace the washer


Replace the washer with another one which has the same size and diameter. Our plumbers in London can assist you in purchasing the correct washer.
 

6.    Put the valve stem back


The following step in fixing a leaky outdoor faucet in London is to put the valve stem back by pushing it into the outdoor faucet housing.
 

7.    Tighten the packing nut


Tighten the packing nut on the faucet.
 

8.    Turn the water on


Turn the water back on at the meter by utilizing a cut-off key. 
 

9.    Turn on the spigot


Switch back on the spigot to eliminate any air left in the line.
 

10.    Verify if there are any leaks


Verify if there are any leaks around the packing nut on the valve stem. Address to an emergency plumber in London if this has become an unpleasant or urgent issue. 
 

11.    Verify the spigot for leaks


The last thing that needs to be done in order to fix a leaky outdoor faucet in London is to shut off the faucet and verify if the spigot presents any leaks.

If you experience any problems, we are here to help. Please contact our plumbers in London if you need further assistance.
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