How to get your outdoor spigot flowing
So you want to water the lawn, fill the pool or wash your car, but once you arrived at the outdoor spigot, you find that no water would come out. Your whole day can be thrown off once you discover your plumbing is not properly working.
Here are some reasons, according to the Plumbers Association of America, that your outdoor spigot may not be working:
• Shut-off valve: Sometimes the solution is simple. You may have forgotten that you turned off the valve for the winter. Turn it back on to see if that solves the problem.
• Low water pressure: Sometimes the indoor pressure is fine, but there are issues down the line that result in a lack of pressure and water. Contact your Los Angeles plumber to check your outdoor piping.
• Decayed washer: Made of rubber, washers often become brittle and fall apart, allowing the pieces to block the flow of water. Washers can be purchased at your local home goods store. Try replacing them before moving onto the next troubleshooting solution.
• Seal problems: A common issue is leaking caused by a faulty seal, which usually can be resolved with tightening the collar nut that surrounds it.
• Water leak: Check your water bill to see whether it is higher than usual. This may indicate that you have a problem somewhere along the line.
If you detect anything unusual, you’ll have to follow the pipes in your basement or crawlspace or call in a highly rated plumber. In the future, you also will want to make sure that you properly winterize by removing the hose from the bib and draining the water.
• Clog: Sometimes if you have hard water with a high mineral content, it can solidify and block the flow of water. If the clog is close to the spigot, you may be able to clean it out yourself, but if it’s farther down the line, you may need to call in a plumber.
You also may be able to resolve the problem for the future by getting a filter. You don’t want that water softened because that could kill your grass and plants.
In some instances, there may be a problem that requires total replacement of the spigot and handle.