Pipes and Outdoor Faucets
If your outdoor faucet is leaking from the handle, try tightening the large packing nut located behind the handle. Use a wrench to turn the packing nut clockwise. Be careful not to tighten it too much, or you can damage the threads and make it difficult to loosen, should more work be needed. If this does not work then you will likely need to replace the washers in the valve stem of the faucet.
To extend the life of your garden hose, drain it after each use and never store it with kinks.
Do drain lines to outside faucets, before freezing temperatures occur, to help prevent busted pipes and faucets. First, locate the valve that controls the flow of water to outside faucets and switch it off. Remove all hoses, splitters and/or attachments from the outdoor faucets. Open all outdoor faucets and allow them to drain completely before shutting them back off.
Do consider having a professional replace your outdoor faucets with frost free models if you are unable to drain the lines. You can also install insulation around pipes in danger of freezing and install insulated, outdoor faucet covers to help prevent a pipe from bursting..
Don’t depend on hose shut-off valves for an extended period of time. When you are finished using an outdoor faucet, make sure to turn it off completely, shutting off only the valve on the hose will lead to leaks and blow outs.
Don’t leave a building without heat when freezing weather if you have not drained water lines and winterized the plumbing system and water heaters.