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Solving Outdoor Spigot Problems

It’s a hot, humid summer day in Chicagoland and you’re all set to fill the kid’s inflatable pool with water, but the outside spigot is not working or has low water pressure. There are several possible causes, here are some things to check when the outside faucet stops flowing.

Shut-off valve

If it was turned off during the winter, did you remember to turn the water shut-off valve back on?

Worn Washer

Check to see if the rubber washer has worn out. Sometimes the washer will disintegrate and block the flow of water. Replace the washer if necessary.

Loose Seal

If the seal is not tight, the handle may be too loose to open the valve. The solution is to tighten the collar nut.

Water Leaks

Has your water bill been higher than usual? There may be a leak further up the line. Have a plumber check the system.

Hard Water

High mineral content in the water can eventually build up and block the flow of water. If the clog is near to the opening you may be able to clean it out yourself, but if it’s farther down the line, it’s time to call a plumber.

Low Water Pressure

If you have checked the other possible causes above, the problem is likely related to low water pressure. Your plumber can help you identify the cause and recommend solutions.

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