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How to Check Your Outdoor Hose Bib for Leaks?

July 09 / 2021

How to Check Your Outdoor Hose Bib for Leaks?

With summer in full swing, you are probably going to need to use your outdoor faucet, or hose bib. Before you connect your hose and start watering the yard or washing your car, though, you will want to make sure the hose bib is in good shape. If it is leaking, then turning on the water can do a lot of harm. These leaks can result in water damage and introduce the growth of mold and mildew. Of course, there is also the wasted water and energy. Your friends at Rooter Hero Plumbing do offer leak repairs but this article is dedicated to detecting hose bib leaks. Give us a call if you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to have a nearby plumber dispatched to your location.

Thumb Test

Here is a quick test to see if your hose bib has been damaged. Head out to your outdoor faucet and place your thumb over the opening. If your thumbs don’t cover the entire opening, then you can use your palm. With the opening covered, turn on the water by turning the handle.
A functional and undamaged hose bib should force water with enough pressure to push away your thumb or palm. If you can hold the water in with your thumb or palm, then there is a good chance that there is a crack somewhere in the piping. In the event that there is a leak, you will want to locate the leaking as soon as possible.

Locating the Leak

Before you get to any repairs, you have to locate the damaged point. It could be that the faucet itself is broken. Though a damaged faucet would be evident in the thumb test. It could also be that the pipes are damaged. In any case, finding the culprit can be difficult if you do not have experience or tools.
Start by inspecting the walls around the hose bib. You want to check the inside walls as well as the outdoor ones. Look for water stains, mold and mildew growth, condensation, and wet marks.
If you cannot find the leak, then call a professional plumber to put your plumbing in reliable hands. The folks at Rooter Hero Plumbing are always happy to help folks in the community. If you are in our service area, then call Rooter Hero Plumbing to speak with a live representative and schedule a leak detection.

Repairing the Damage

If you considered the search for the leak to be difficult, then we recommend you leave any repairs to trained and experienced plumbers. Improperly repairing or replacing the hose bib can bring about bigger problems than you had before.
The plumbers at Rooter Hero Plumbing are regularly trained and thoroughly equipped to take care of repairs and replacements correctly the first time around. Explore our website for special offers and coupons, then call Rooter Hero Plumbing to schedule a flexible appointment or arrange an urgent dispatch. We are always happy to help. Let’s get started!