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Why Is My Garden Spigot Leaking?

Why Is My Garden Spigot Leaking?

Garden spigots begin to leak when the washer or the packing around the handle becomes worn. The fix is fairly simple - replace the washer - and it needs to be done sooner rather than later or your tiny leak will really start to rack up on your water bill. Follow the steps below to fix your leak.

What you will need

  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Wrench or adjustable pliers
  • New washer
  • Tray or pan


  • First, check to see if the leak can be fixed simply by tightening the housing with a wrench. If your spigot or attachments have come loose the tightening them back in should solve your problem.
  • If tightening your spigot didn’t work, you will need to turn off your water supply - either the direct supply to the spigot or your main water supply to the house.
  • Using a wrench or adjustable pliers, unscrew the packing nut located under the handle.
  • Pull the nut off and place it on the tray that you brought out to keep from losing all of the little pieces.
  • Remove the valve from the faucet housing. Flip it over to locate and unscrew the washer using a Phillips screwdriver.
  • Use the flat head screwdriver to pry out the washer and replace it with a new one.
  • If the leak occurred in the handle, unscrew the handle with a Phillips screwdriver and pull off the packing nut.
  • Replace the packing washer and the packing string (if there is one). Use a new graphite-treated string when replacing the packing string.
  • Replace the valve back into the faucet housing, screw the nut back on and tighten it with a wrench.
  • Put the handle back on and tighten down the screw.
  • Turn your water back on to test that you have fixed the leak problem.

If you are unable to fix your leak, or if you find that your plumbing needs to be repaired, contact ASAP Plumbing today at 228-865-ASAP or visit www.plumbinggulfportms.com and request a free estimate! We can handle all your plumbing needs including installation, repair and full water heater replacement.

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