Last summer one of our two outside water faucets started leaking. By the time I shut off the water to the outside faucets for the winter, it had become a constant stream. So this spring before turning the water back on, I talked with a plumber and bounced my impending repair off him. He recommended that I could simply reseal it myself. The repair was simple, cheap, and will prevent me from worrying about my water bill skyrocketing this summer.
If you have a frost-proof outdoor faucet, chances are the seals will degrade over the course of 5-10 years and start leaking. The good news is that just about every hardware store carries a universal repair kit for your style of faucet. I have an eight-inch Mansfield 500 faucet (Mansfield was bought out by Prier a few years ago, but the repair kits on the shelves are the same).
Disassembly of the faucet was a simple screw turn, an adjustable wrench, and a simple twist of the rod. All the relevant washers, rubber seals and plastic parts were included in the $9 parts kit. I removed the old, replaced them with the new, and reassembled. The roughly 5-minute job and $9 kit was well worth it and a skill I’m assuming I will reuse many times as long as I live in the northern parts of the country.
Have you ever done a similar job? How long have the replacement seals lasted for you? I look forward to hearing about your experiences.