Replacing an outdoor faucet can seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and techniques, it can be done quickly and easily. In this brief article brought to you by Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Fort Worth, we share a step-by-step guide on how to replace a conventional outdoor faucet. If you prefer to have a uniformed plumber handle the faucet replacement, you can call Mr. Rooter Plumbing to schedule a convenient appointment. We are also at your service when you need plumbing repair in the area. With that said, let’s get to work!
What you’ll need.
Before we roll up our sleeves, let’s make sure we have the necessary tools and materials on hand. If not, you can head over to your local hardware store to find these:
Before you remove the old faucet, you want to make sure the water supply is cut OFF. Locate the water shut-off valve for the outdoor faucet and turn it off. If you can't find the shut-off valve, turn off the main water supply to your home. You’ll also want to turn the faucet ON to drain out any remaining water.
With the water off, you can remove the old faucet. If the old faucet is held in place by some putty or even concrete, they will likely have to be removed or loosened with a drill or knife.
Now, you can unscrew the old faucet. Use an adjustable wrench to unscrew and remove the old faucet from the water supply pipe. You may need pliers to hold the pipe in place while you unscrew the faucet.
Next, grab Teflon tape and wrap 2-3 layers onto the new faucet’s threading before screwing the faucet onto the water line. Screw it on tight but not so tight that it gets stuck!
Go ahead and turn on the water supply and test your new faucet for leaks. If it is leaking, you may have to tighten the connection further.
There are many types of spigots, and the removal process can vary depending on which you have. For instance, frost-proof faucets are designed to prevent freezing by locating the valve mechanism inside the house, where it is protected from freezing temperatures. They typically have a long stem that extends through the wall and connects to the valve inside the house.
If the steps in this short guide don’t seem right, then you likely have a unique faucet that might be best left to a plumber.
If you prefer to avoid the risk of making matters worse, then leave the faucet replacement to a uniformed plumber. Residents in Fort Worth and surrounding cities can call Mr. Rooter Plumbing to have an experienced and equipped plumber in Forth Worth take care of the replacement as soon as possible. Our plumber may even be able to diagnose the faucet and discover that it doesn’t need to be replaced after all. Sometimes, a quick repair is enough to have you back on schedule!