How to Fix a Leaky Hose Spigot

If you’re here to learn how to fix a leaky hose spigot, you’re in the right place.

This article should discuss in detail how you can fix your leaky outdoor garden hose bib.

Hose spigots, interchangeably called hose bib, are one common utility tool that each house in the United States has. And it is not uncommon for the hose spigots to leak at times due to extreme weather conditions such as freezing-cold winter season and sizzling hot summer.

It’s not uncommon to experience that your outdoor faucet sprays everywhere when it’s not mean to. For God’s sake, it’s not a sprinkler!

Occasionally it is as easy as tightening the loose connection at the spigot. If that doesn’t solve the problem, I’ve included some quick and easy ways of identifying the problem and fixing the leaky hose spigot issues.

So, without further ado, let’s begin. Shall we?

Difference Between Hose Spigot and Hose Bib

But first thing first, let’s clear the often misconception where people mix and interchangeably call hose spigot as a hose bib or hose bibb. There are minor differences between them.

A spigot is often referred to as faucet, Silcock, tap, bibcock, hose bibb, hydrant, flap, plug, nozzle, stopper, spout, or just hose bib.

But the key difference between a hose spigot and a hose bibb is that a hose bib or bibcock is usually a freeze-resistant version of “hose spigot”.

Now, since we got that out of the way, let’s proceed to identify where the garden hose or hose spigot is leaking from?

Where Is Your Hose Spigot Leaking From?

It is crucially important to determine the location where the leak is happening. Fortunately, it is not that hard thing to do. However, the fixing effort might vary based on where the leak is coming from and how severe the issues are.

Isolate the problem source

Problematic hose bib packing washer

Now, first, check to see if the leak is coming from around the connection to the water tap or hose spigot. If so, then it is either an issue with the hose spigot itself or with the hose fitting.

To be sure, use the process of elimination; unscrew the hose and turn on the water tap to see if water wells up around the tap opener/handle, you may have a worn out or problematic hose bib packing washer, or you may simply need to tighten it. This way you will know that the issue is not related to the hosing and is with the hose spigot’s packing washer. The fix is not that hard either.

Problem with the hose itself or leaking hose connection

Now, if the outdoor faucet sprays when hose attached, then check to see whether water is leaking from around the junction of the connection or from below the fixture or hose bib leaking from top.

Additionally, check to see any water is dripping from the hose nozzle or if there are any water leaks from the hose pipe itself.

How to Fix a Leaky Hose Spigot

How to Fix a Leaky Hose Spigot Solutions


Fix problem with packing nut

If you have a leaky faucet, the problem is most likely with the packing nut and the fix is rather easy.

Fix problem with packing washer

If the hose spigot is still leaking, then you need to replace the packing washer. To do so, you need to turn off the water supply first and then drain the faucet properly, remove the handle assembly completely, remove the packing nut and then finally remove and replace the packing washer. Then reassemble the faucet handle and tighten all things up and restore the water supply. Test by turning on the water and see whether it has solved the problem.


If you notice that your hose spigot is leaking from either endpoint of the tap fitting, the possibility is that your gasket or rubber washer is gone bad and needs replacing. Sometimes, it might go missing. Reasons might be simply wearing out, warp, and falling out. So, check to see if yours is present or not. If not, time to get one and replace it.

It’s really easy to remove and replace a gasket. Simply use a flathead screwdriver to pop it out and then replace it with the new one. Push it down until it is securely placed.


Hoses can warp and have cracks. This happens when your hose spigot is exposed to extreme weather conditions such as freezing-cold and sizzling hot temperatures. As we all know water expands in size when it is frozen within the fitting and the hose. The extreme heat also causes the hose ends to warp. Temperature fluctuations can lead to these issues.

But that doesn’t necessarily imply that the whole hose needs replacing with a new one. Instead, the fix is rather quick and simple. And it will let you do it with a fraction of the cost of buying a new hose.

To fix the hose end issues, just cut off the end of the hose under the fixture. Get a hose fitting repair kit from the hardware store and they are cheap comparing to the cost of a hose.


If your garden hose has leaks and cracks or pinholes in them, don’t be hopeless and think that you need to get a new hose again!

The patch is surprisingly easy if the pinholes or cracks are not too many. If you have only one or two such pinholes and if you can available affordable hose menders, you can DIY. Simply rejoin your hose together after cutting the affected part apart.

Be sure to get the correct sized mender kits as there are few different ones available in the market that should save you from having to return it and another trip to the hardware store. A good idea is to take the cut out piece with you to the store just to be sure about the size.


Whenever you have a leaky hose spigot problem, it’s not always the case that you need to rush yourself to the store to get a new one. The fixes are often really quick and easy and affordable if you know the how-to.

Hopefully, this article should help you fix your leaky hose spigot and you should be getting your blissful water again without all the leaks and spraying out in your garden yard.

Do let us know whether this article was helpful or not in the comment section. If you’ve any questions do let us know that as well.

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