You know you should repair leaky faucets in your home to prevent water damage, but when the leak is on your outdoor faucet, you might not be as concerned. The water drips on the ground, so it doesn't seem to do any damage other than to your water bill. However, it's still a good idea to have the faucet repaired. Here's why.
1. The Leak Will Probably Get Worse
Most leaks get worse over time, especially if you use the faucet and turn the valve on and off frequently. The problem with a leaky outdoor faucet is that it is out of sight, so you can't see what's going on. The leak could suddenly get bigger and you wouldn't know about it. Even worse, water might begin to spew the next time you turn on the faucet. If you can't stop the spewing, you might have an emergency if it involves the main valve that controls water to your home. You might have to call the water department to shut off the water at the meter, so you can stop the leak and have the valve repaired.
2. The Water Could Attract Unwelcome Animals
The dripping water might attract raccoon or rats that pass through your yard at night. The animals might lick at the faucet to get water to drink. While they probably won't damage the faucet further, you don't want destructive animals being so close to your house. The rats might try to break in, or the raccoon might decide to do some damage while in the area. A drip might even cause a roach problem if the water keeps leaves around the faucet wet. If roaches start living next to your house, it's only a matter of time until they get inside.
3. The Water Might Cause Dampness In The Basement
If the leak goes on long enough, it might do some damage to your home, even though it is outside. Since the faucet is right next to your foundation, all the water will drain straight down next to the basement wall. Water leaks around the foundation can lead to shifting soil, slab cracks, and moisture in the basement. Although a drip might seem fairly small, when it goes on all day long every day, the amount of water it wastes can become significant.
You can avoid these potential problems by having timely plumbing repairs. Outdoor faucets are often difficult to repair, especially if it is on your water main, so consider calling a company like Laroc Refrigeration-Metal Division and keep the drip from causing problems for your home.