How to Get Your Outdoor Spigots Ready for Summer

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 As we approach the summer season, it’s crucial to pivot our attention to the upkeep of our outdoor plumbing systems in preparation for the increased summer demand. Ensuring that spigots and water hoses are primed for tasks ranging from garden care to outdoor water activities is a vital pre-summer chore that is often missed. Don’t worry; that’s why we are here to remind you! As always, Mason Plumbing & Drain is committed to providing you with the expertise and tools required to identify and fix any leaks in your spigots, guaranteeing your seamless enjoyment throughout the summer. 

What About Identifying Spigot Leaks?  

Identifying leaks is paramount. But their presence often remains undetected without the proper knowledge to identify them. Remember that it’s crucial to address any leaks found on your spigot promptly.  

  • Look for Signs of Dripping: If you encounter a dripping water issue, we recommend initiating a simple test by turning on the faucet and allowing the water to flow briefly. Observe for any leakage from the spigot during or after the water is activated. If everything is working properly, water should only exit through the spout of the fixture directly or via the water hose and not from beneath the spigot. Should you notice any discrepancies, it’s likely you have a leak that needs to be addressed. 
  • Monitor Water Pressure: A critical aspect to observe when your water is running is the pressure level. Should you notice the water running at a surprisingly low velocity, it’s indicative of a leak within your system. Under such circumstances, it would be best to consult with a professional who can thoroughly evaluate and identify the precise issue at hand. 
  • Watch Out for Rust or Corrosion: Encountering a rusted spigot is a clear warning sign that should not be ignored. This is because corrosion strongly indicates a leakage issue that demands immediate attention. If you are in this scenario, contact a professional so they can pinpoint the source of the leak. 
  • Check for Water Stains or Mold Detection: Water stains or mold are things you should stay on high alert for; this is why periodically checking your outdoor plumbing is important, too. If you notice these around your outdoor fixture, this is another indicator of an underlying leak. Signs of water stains or mold around spigot areas should be addressed by a professional immediately. 

What About Fixing Spigot Leaks?  

For a seamless resolution to a spigot leak, follow the steps outlined below. It’s important to note, however, that some situations will require the expertise of a professional is paramount.  

  • Tighten Loose Connections: Should you discover any loose connections on the spigot, we highly recommend initiating the repair process by securing them. You can use a wrench to get the job done. Just be sure to use it firmly but carefully.  
  • Replace Worn-out Washers: If tightening the spigot fails to resolve the issue, it may be indicative of the need to replace the washers with new ones. Washers do wear out over time. So, don’t be alarmed if your old washers need to be switched out for new ones.  
  • Seal Any Openings: Over time, continuous use and exposure to the elements may cause cracks, holes, or openings to develop around the spigots. If a leak occurs and the sealant appears degraded, it’s a simple fix: a waterproof sealant can be applied to reseal any visible cracks or gaps near the spigots effectively. Taking this step will significantly mitigate water leakage and reduce the risk of future complications. 
  • Implement Backflow Prevention: Installing a backflow preventer is a wise decision to protect your plumbing system from water flow reversal. This measure is crucial for maintaining water quality and preventing contamination.  
  • Upgrade to Frost-Free Spigots: If you’ve experienced the inconvenience of a frozen spigot before, leading to leaks, it’s time to consider the switch to frost-free spigots. This upgrade is a proactive measure against the risks of frozen pipes and potential leaks, ensuring your home’s plumbing remains functional regardless of the weather. 

What About Contacting a Professional Plumber?  

Understanding the right moment to seek professional help is crucial in ensuring the longevity and efficiency of your plumbing system. It’s important to assess whether a leak can be managed on your own or if it necessitates the expertise of a professional. Don’t forget; in scenarios involving water stains, mold, corroded fixtures, or significantly reduced water pressure, enlisting a professional is advisable. These signs often indicate an underlying leak, demanding specialized intervention for an efficient resolution.  


Ensuring the integrity of your home’s outdoor plumbing by addressing spigot leaks promptly is crucial. As a homeowner, by following these guidelines, you protect your outdoor plumbing from avoidable issues. This proactive approach grants you the tranquility to fully enjoy an uninterrupted summer, confident in the reliability of your plumbing systems. 

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