Why Is My Hose Bibb Leaking?

A water spigot with a green hose springs a leak

There can be a number of reasons why a hose bibb might suddenly spring a leak. One of the most common reasons why a hose bibb might start leaking is that the hose connector has not been attached firmly enough to the spigot. The hose connector needs to screw onto the threads of the hose bibb in order to ensure a good seal and avoid water leaks. A hose spigot leaking from the handle can be a major nuisance and a huge waste of water.

We have gotten many calls for a leaking hose bibb…

and, many times,  it ends up being a loose hose connector.  Try tightening the connector by turning it in a clockwise direction. Only tighten the connector until it feels snug, but never try to overtighten it. If this doesn’t do the trick, then there is another issue that is causing this. Robinson Plumbing is here to help you figure it out. In this article, we will go over some of the reasons that cause a leaking hose bibb.

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Leaking Hose Bibb Causes

Below, we will share some of the culprits that lead to a leaking hose bibb.

Hose End

garden hose and hose bibb leaking
Other simple reasons that a hose bibb might be leaking could include…

problems such as a hose-end that has become bent or dented. Symptoms usually include outside faucet leaking when the hose is attached. Lightweight hose ends on inexpensive hoses can easily be damaged, leading to leaking around the connector and the hose bibb. Of course, it might also be something as simple as a missing or damaged washer. This can easily be spotted by looking into the hose connector. Furthermore, if the washer needs to be replaced, most homeowners will be able to do this on their own. You simply will need a hose bibb washer replacement.

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Packing Nut Or Washer

Of course, there are many other more serious reasons why a hose bibb might leak, such as a packing nut that needs to be tightened or a washer inside the faucet that needs to be replaced. These repairs require a bit more experience as well as the proper tools and should be left for an experienced plumber. They will be able to get the job done without causing further damage.


When To Call A Professional Plumber

If you are accustomed to doing home repairs, you can try to fix your hose bibb. However, if tightening the hose to the bibb doesn’t help or you’ve replaced the washer in the hose connector, and you still have water leaking, it’s time to call in a professional. This is especially true when you notice a hose bib leaking inside the wall.

Leaking hose bibb repairs that aren’t fixed properly…

can lead to further damage. It’s always best to trust a reputable plumber with these repairs. After all, a leak that goes undetected can lead to extensive damage, especially if the leak is inside a wall. Therefore, let an experienced plumber fix the bibb leak and you’ll be able to rest assured that the job is done right.

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When you’ve eliminated some of the most common and easy to fix causes, it’s time to consider the fact that you might need to replace the entire spigot and hose bibb. Maybe your original spigot has just outlived its usefulness or perhaps the damage is beyond a simple repair. A licensed plumber will be able to evaluate the problem and let you know if a complete replacement is your best option. If you do need to replace the faucet, make sure that you leave this type of repair for a trained plumber. Homeowners can end up causing more damage when they attempt to take care of their own plumbing repairs.

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Robinson Plumbing offers a wide variety of plumbing services throughout northeastern PA, including Emmaus PA. Our certified plumbers will be able to diagnose why your hose bibb is leaking or any other plumbing issue that you might be experiencing.  All of our plumbing repairs, installations, or plumbing system maintenance jobs are priced affordably and are handled with attention to detail. You can always expect our services to be clean, fast, and friendly. Be sure to call us today to discuss any plumbing issues that you might be experiencing.

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