I have two freeze proof faucets outside. This past weekend I hooked up the
hoses (which I removed over the winter). Both faucets are leaking from
underneath the plastic cap, ONLY when I turn the water on. Can I pop off the
cap to see what is going on under there? Is there a washer that needs to be
replaced? Can I do this myself or do I need to hire a plumber? I Googled
freeze proof faucets but couldn't find anything about repairing a leak.
Bonnie in NJ
Under the cap is a one way vent to allow air in so it will drain. I
suggest just turning the water on and off a few times to see if that will
free it up so it will function again. I have never had one apart so I don't
know if you can do anything there if you do take it apart or even if you can
take it apart (well and get it back together :-) )
I have taken many of them apart. Pretty much the same as any spigot,
except for a long shaft. There is a washer in there, just like all
faucets, and there is some sort of packing or O ring at the bonnet.
Parts should be available. However, if you got 4 of them leaking,
check what you are hooking to them. They are not normally
I have 2. One only has a minor leak. the other leaks a lot from under the
cap but also a little from around a "seam" that is between the cap and the
knob you turn to turn the water on. Again, it only leaks when the water is
I have one of these faucets that is doing this. I believe that the
plastic cap is a "blow off" in the case that you leave a hose connected
to the faucet when it freezes and the line can't get cleared. Even
though these are supposed to be freeze proof faucets, that only counts
if you disconnect the hose . . .
FWIW, I haven't tried rebuilding the one of mine that froze - I just
built a deck over it.
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