When you turn on the outside spigot, you want the water to come out at the end of the spigot or at the end of the garden hose -- it shouldn't come out anywhere else. If it does, you may need to do some repairs on the spigot. Read on for tips to help you make the repair yourself.

Tools And Materials You'll Need:

  • Screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Pliers


  1. Turn on the water to see where it is leaking from. If it was around the handle, take off the handle by removing the screw holding it in place. Then tighten the retaining nut inside the assembly. 
  2. If you spot water leaking even after the water is turned off, you may have a worn-out washer. If this is the case, you'll have to pull the stem out by unscrewing the screws holding the spigot to the side of your home. Then pull out the stem. Inspect the washer for damage and then replace the washer with a new one. Take the old one to the hardware store to get the exact part you need. If you still have water leaking, it may be a bad faucet. Replace the entire faucet if this is the case.
  3. Water that is leaking out of the vacuum-breaker or spraying out will need to have the parts replaced inside the vacuum-breaker. To replace these parts, use a screwdriver to pry off the cap. Remove the parts inside and purchase either a kit or the replacement parts individually. Watch to see how they were removed so you know how to replace them.

Water leaking from the outdoor spigot can cost you money on your water bill and can also cause you problems in your home as well. This is because the water is leaking very closely to your foundation walls, which means water can get into your basement or crawl space, cause cracking to your foundation, and can also cause issues with mold and mildew. 

If you have a leaking outdoor spigot, don't ignore this problem. Make the repair yourself, or call a professional plumbing company to make the repair for you.

No matter what type of water leak you have in or around your home, call a professional to perform the repair if you aren't sure what you're doing. This way you can be sure the job was done properly and can prevent a potentially costly disaster to your home.