ASK DANNY: What to do with leaking faucet hose bibbs

leaking hose bib

“Tightened the packing nut about a whole turn or more; [the outdoor faucet hose bibb] still leaks, but not as badly. Still have space between [the] packing nut and next piece of spigot. Should I keep tightening it until it is snug? Thanks.”
Robert N. Lewis


I would suggest tightening it a little more and that probably will solve the problem.
However, sometimes, a hose bibb that has been tightened by hand a lot has affected the sealing ability of the “seat.” The best thing to do in that case is simply replace the hose bibb itself.
This will require you to turn the water off to your home in order to make this replacement.

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    Thomas Boni Says:
    June 18th, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Hi, Pam,
    Great question! We recommend submitting it to the Today’s Homeowner Radio Show for an in-depth answer.
    Please use this form to contact Danny Lipford, America’s Home Expert, directly:
    Take care!

  • Pam Says:
    June 18th, 2019 at 6:26 am

    Danny, I have outside faucets that are 38+ years old. No matter what I’ve done they still leak. The inner part to the faucet with the threads, I have no idea what it’s real name is, is stripped! I haven’t been able to find a replacement part anywhere! 🙁 My faucets are mortared into my brick. When my home was built around 1980 copper pipes were used. Where can I possibly find a replacement part or am I better off to hire a pro to rip out part of the brick and replace the faucets. I know this will be an expensive fix and Social Security doesn’t stretch far enough for expensive repairs. Do you have any suggestion where I could possible find a repair part for my decades old faucets?

  • Robert Chestnut Says:
    May 17th, 2019 at 7:12 am

    When I turn the outdoor faucet on it sprays water out around the handle. It’s at least 40 years old.

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    April 22nd, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Hi, Jerome!
    Any number of causes can contribute to water backing up where you wouldn’t want it to.
    In this case, could a misplaced retaining wall or other barrier be the culprit?
    That was what happened for this homeowner:
    Inspect the area thoroughly for similar problems, and good luck!

  • Jerome Rainey Says:
    April 15th, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    I turned my water faucet on outside and water backs up in my garage and house. Any suggestions?

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