How to Fix Leaks at the Garden Hose Spigot

When leaks start to occur at the garden hose spigot, there can be several different causes depending on where the water is leaking. The first thing you need to do is to determine the source of the leak on the spigot.

The source of leaks could come from the handle, the vacuum breaker, or the vacuum breaker cap. You will need to identify the type of spigot you have to know how to fix the garden hose spigot.

Fix a Garden Hose Spigot Handle

Old tap leaking and dripping water and needing repair

All spigots have a handle. If leaks are coming from around the handle, the first thing to do is to tighten up the retaining screw to see if this repairs the garden hose spigot. After tightening the retaining screw if water is still leaking out from around the handle, then the issue could be the washer assembly on the faucet stem.

Removing the stem requires the right tools, as well as a replacement washer assembly. The length of the stem can vary from several inches to several feet. Use care when removing the stem from the spigot to not bend or break it.

Vacuum Breaker Garden Hose Repair

A vacuum breaker is an added piece that screws onto the spigot. Most older homes have these, as they simply screw onto the existing spigot to prevent water from back-flowing into the spigot pipe. If water is spraying out from around the vacuum breaker, it means it is worn out and needs to be replaced.

Replacing a vacuum breaker can be a little challenging. You need to use a drill to drill out the set screw and to unscrew the vacuum breaker. You do need to be careful to avoid drilling into the faucet part of the spigot.

The best way to fix a garden hose spigot with a vacuum breaker is to just replace it with a new one. Finding gaskets and other parts can be difficult.

How to Fix a Garden Hose Spigot with a Vacuum Breaker Cap

Certain styles of frost-proof spigots will have a vacuum breaker cap in place of a vacuum breaker. Most newer homes in areas where it frosts will have this type of spigot.

If water is coming from out of the top of the vacuum breaker cap, you can attempt to pop off the breaker cap, then unscrew the vacuum breaker retainer. If the parts have gunk on them, clean them and reassemble. If water is still leaking, you need to replace the retainer parts. Otherwise, you will need to replace the entire spigot assembly.

Cracked Spigot Garden Hose Repair

Another source of water leaks is if the spigot cracks along its seam. For this type of leak, you will need to replace the spigot. You will need to shut off the water to the spigot before removing and replacing it.

If you need help troubleshooting spigot leaks and spigot garden hose repair in Ventura County, please feel free to contact Roto Rooter Plumbing & Drain Service at (805) 870-8077 today!

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