Once it’s finally nice out again for you to get to work on your lawn and garden, that means you’ll be bringing out all the right tools and equipment from storage, including the garden hose. But as you connect your hose to the faucet and turn on the water, you might see an unfortunate leak coming from the damaged hose bib.

Even if you think the leak doesn’t look that big, just remember how often you will run water from that faucet over the next couple of months. Those drips will add up to a sizeable amount of wasted water, and that means wasted dollars spent on your utility bills. What’s worse is that that leak can slowly cause damage to your home’s foundation, which will be a much larger expense to correct.

Repairing your bib is possible as long as you have the right tools at your disposal, which you should already have. Before doing any work though, make sure you have turned off the water supply line for the bib you are attempting to fix.

Behind the handle of the faucet should be a hexagonal packing nut on the bib. That leak may come from that area, and if so you will want to tighten that nut. After tightening, turn the water back on and run the faucet. If there is no more leaking, congratulations! But if the leaking continues, it’s time to move onto the next phase.

With the water turned off again, look into the hose connection and see if there is a washer. That rubber ring helps seal the connection, but if it has cracked or broken, then you will need to replace it to stop the leaking. 

Luckily, one of those two issues was causing the leak. However, sometimes the problem could be something else with the hose bib, and unless you properly repair or replace the bib, the leak will continue.

For more information on fixing your leaking hose bib, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers.