Inspection Training

How to Inspect Exterior Faucets

While you are at the exterior of the house you should inspect the exterior faucets for proper operation. You will use your pressure gauge to check the exterior faucet and will want to check for any leaking. Please review the entire procedure below.

If you are inspecting a condo or townhouse where the exterior is excluded you should still inspect the exterior faucets for operation and also get a pressure reading for the property. There was a recent complaint from a client and the HOA told them they don’t cover exterior faucets because the water is coming from the inside of the home.




International Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home Inspection


3.6. Plumbing


I. The inspector shall inspect:



II. The inspector shall describe:



III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:



IV. The inspector is not required to:



Axium SOP Differences

Axium Requires: Inspector will test all exterior faucets to make sure that they are working and no defects are present.


Tools Needed

The inspector will need to use the water pressure gauge to inspect the exterior faucets.



  • Make sure faucet (hose bib) is properly secured to the wall and sealed at the wall penetration properly.
  • Use water pressure gauge and attach it to exterior faucet securely, and turn faucet on high. Take picture showing that it is working properly or point out any defects. At this point go to the Plumbing Section 9.05 to record the water pressure for the property. Make sure to get a good picture showing the water pressure (40-80 PSI is the acceptable range).
  • Check for leaks at the knob, anti-siphon or supply line when on and under pressure, and check for leaks when it is turned off as well. Also, just check the general condition of the water faucet to see if there is any damage.
  • If all exterior water faucets are damaged and water pressure can not be tested at the exterior, test water pressure at the laundry room hose bibs. If water pressure is too high or too low the inspector should check to see if there is a pressure regulating valve installed above the main water shut off to the home.


Common Defects

  • Faucet being loose inside of wall.
  • Faucet is damaged, does not work, or drips when turned off.
  • Faucet leaks/drips at knob, supply line, anti-siphon, or vacuum breaker. Has stripped threads (from pliers) at the knob.
  • Knob is damaged, loose, missing, or seized.
  • Was winterized.

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Common Mistakes

  • Make sure we are turning the water faucets off after we test. If we disconnect a hose, we need to reconnect it after we are done.
  • In the wintertime, the policy is to disconnect the hose and leave it disconnected because people should not have hoses connected to their faucets in the winter. This is doing them a favor so their pipes and faucets do not freeze. In the summertime, make sure to reconnect the hose.
  • Removing a cover over the faucet and not replacing it.


Report / Software


  • The outside water faucet(s) were secured and sealed to siding, knobs were present and operated properly and no leaks were present at time of inspection.


  • Not Inspected: The water was not on at the time of the inspection. The condition of the exterior faucets and the water pressure for the property could not be evaluated.
  • Exterior Faucets Off: The water had been turned off at the exterior faucets at the time of the inspection. The condition of the faucets and the water pressure for the property could not be evaluated.


  • The property did not appear to have any exterior water faucets at the time of the inspection.


  • The outside water faucet at the [word 1] of the house [word 2]. A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair or replace as necessary according to current standards.
    • Damaged
    • Did Not Work
    • Drips at Knob
    • Drips When Off
    • Had a significant leak from the knob/handle when the water pressure gauge was attached.
    • Has stripped threads (from pliers) at the knob.
    • Is connected to a garden hose to check for a possible drip.
    • Is in place but no longer connected to plumbing (inoperable)
    • Knob (Damaged)
    • Knob (Loose)
    • Knob (Missing)
    • Knob (Seized)
    • Leaks (Vacuum Breaker)
    • Leaks @ Anti Siphon
    • Leaks @ Supply Line
    • Leaks/Damaged @ Anti-Siphon
    • Loose in Wall
    • Was Loose, and Will Not Tighten
    • Winterized