Outdoor faucets serve a similar function to indoor faucets, but they don’t work quite the same way. Faucets that supply water for your landscaping and other outdoor uses usually have a simpler mechanism than the ones indoors because you don’t need hot water outside.
They have to be able to withstand weather conditions without corroding or causing damage in freezing temperatures. You have a few options for outdoor faucets, which offer different benefits depending on your needs.
Most homes have spigots or hose bibs installed on exterior walls. A hose bib has a threaded spout so you can screw on a garden hose. These faucets have simple compression valves that work by tightening a washer against the valve opening when you turn the handle to the off position. Spigots and hose bibs are usually made of brass or galvanized steel and may last for many years. When one leaks, you usually can fix it by tightening the retaining screw or removing the valve and replacing the washer.