How to Install an Outdoor Faucet
Having a faucet outside of our homes is a huge time saver when it comes to outdoor chores. This plumbing solution helps us to water our gardens, wash cars, and clean the exterior of our house without carrying buckets of water in and out of the house. However, sometimes these faucets are not in an ideal location. They could be on the opposite side of the house or are located in a place where it is not convenient to store a hose. With a minimal extra investment, the faucet can be frost proof. This is a fairly simple project that can be completed by one person in an afternoon with a moderate skill level.
- An Outdoor Faucet
- A Spade Bit
- A Drill
- A Silicone Caulk
STEP 1. DETERMINE WHERE TO PLACE YOUR OUTDOOR FAUCET
This is an important step. You want to make sure the faucet is in a place that aligns with indoor plumbing lines and is convenient to what you need it for. If you want it to also have a hot water line, make sure it is also next to that plumbing.
STEP 2. DECIDE ON THE FAUCET
There are dozens of different facets that can be chosen. If you want to make sure that the plumbing is protected from freezing, invest in a frost-proof sill cock. This type of faucet places the valve within the heated house. The cost of outdoor faucets ranges from $7 to $30 dollars. Regardless of the one purchased, make sure to check with a local plumber and make sure it aligns with plumbing codes.
STEP 3. TURN OFF AND DRAIN WATER
Turn off the water to the house and turn on all of the faucets near where the new faucet will be installed. Wait to proceed to the next step until no water comes out of the pipes.
STEP 4. DRILLING HOLE
Drill a 1-inch spade bit hole in the wall. Make sure the hole goes all the way through the exterior wall.
STEP 5. APPLY SILICONE CAULK
Just like with Flux for soldering, silicone caulk helps to prevent damage, distortion, and associated leaks. Place this around the new hole.
STEP 6. INSERT THE FAUCET
Once the silicone has been applied, enter the faucet into the hole and twist it tightly in place. Make sure that the faucet handle is turned to “on”.
STEP 7. INSTALL T-FITTING
Wherever in your house you are connecting to the existing water lines. Depending on the type of plumbing pipe, you will use different tools to cut the pipe. Regardless of what tool you have to use, insert a plumbing compound to attach the T fitting.
STEP 8. INSTALL S THE UT-OFF VALVE
Make sure that the shut-off valve lands somewhere between the T fitting and the indoor of the faucet. It is important that this is located in the inside of the house so that you have an easy way to turn off the water to the outdoor faucet.
STEP 9. TEST THE PLUMBING
It is now the time to test and see if your plumbing is sufficient. Turn the water on and see if water will flow through the outdoor faucet. It is important to remember that the shut-off valve is not turned on. If there are leaks anywhere in the system, make sure to see if more plumbing tape or silicone is needed.
If you are also installing a hot water outdoor faucet, you will need to complete the same steps with the hot water line. Two important things to remember about using hot water outside are that it is using hot water and will need a faucet capable of delivering hot water. If you have any challenges or questions with this installation, give John’s Plumbing a call.