Weekend wonder – Fixing outside tap
One thing I managed to tick off my list was, fixing outside tap. I’d only noticed this the weekend prior when I decided to try and fill up the water butts using the hose.
I had everything set up turned on the tap and nothing… only a few measly drips. So I did my usual and tried to find the issue. In to the house, I went and looked in the kitchen cupboards to see if the valve was closed. Nope the valve was open so should be passing water, Maybe it’s frozen? (it was below zero overnight)
I quickly boiled the kettle and proceed to pour the contents over the taps and it improved by a drip or two.
After this, I admitted defeat and had to turn to Google for fixing an outside tap. It didn’t take long to find many people had suffered the same issue and it was normally pinned down to 3 things
- Frozen pipe ….. Nope checked that
- Faulty dual non-return valve on the pipe… Didn’t have one of those just a normal valve
- Faulty non-return on the taps….. Hmmm, what is this voodoo???
I fitted the tap about 4 years back and had no idea that you could get them with non-return valves and totally didn’t know that what I had bought. So I decided to remove the tap to see if that was the issue, water off, tap off, water on and a fountain came in place of the tap which was a relief.
When I completely removed the old tap it became obvious what the issue was. The tap must have frozen pushing the non-return valve out of its housing.
So a quick trip to screw fix to buy a replacement and a 5minute job to fit the new one and the waters running outside again, so on that success I filled the water butts up in the greenhouse and moved on to the next project, and swiftly tick fixing outside tap off the list.
All the best
The Electronic Gardener