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A leaking hose bib can strike at any time, but is even more likely during the winter when freezing temps arrive. If you look outside and notice dripping from your outdoor faucet, it may be time to call a plumber. Let’s take a look at what causes hose bib leaks, if a DIY repair is possible, and why you should take these leaks seriously.

Why is My Hose Bib Leaking?

A hose bib, also known as an outdoor faucet or spigot, may leak for several reasons, including:

  1. Worn out washer: The rubber washer inside the hose bib can wear out over time, causing water to leak from the spout. This is a common issue and can be easily fixed by replacing the washer. You can find these washers at most stores like Home Depot and, of course, they’re even on Amazon. They’re fairly simple to replace yourself.
  2. Loose packing nut: The packing nut, which is located just below the handle, can become loose and cause water to leak from the hose bib. Tightening the packing nut can solve this problem. This is an easy fix for someone who is handy with a wrench.
  3. Cracked or damaged pipe: If the pipe leading to the hose bib is cracked or damaged, water can leak from the spout. This may require the assistance of a plumber to repair.
  4. Corroded valve seat: The valve seat, which is located inside the hose bib, can become corroded and cause water to leak. In this case, the hose bib may need to be replaced.
  5. Freezing temperatures: In colder climates, water left inside the hose bib can freeze and cause the faucet to leak when it thaws. To prevent this, it’s important to properly winterize your outdoor faucets by turning off the water supply and draining any remaining water from the hose bib.
  6. Improper installation: If the hose bib was not installed correctly, it may not be able to properly hold back water pressure, causing it to leak. In this case, it may need to be re-installed by a professional plumber.

Do I Need to Fix a Leaking Hose Bib Right Away?

A small drip may not seem like a big deal, but it is important to fix a hose bib leak as soon as possible. Ignoring a leaking hose bib can lead to several problems such as:

Water damage: A leaking hose bib can cause water to seep into your home’s walls, foundation, or basement, causing damage and potentially leading to mold growth.

Wasted water: A leaking hose bib can waste a significant amount of water, leading to higher water bills and wasting a valuable resource.

Reduced water pressure: A leaking hose bib can also reduce the water pressure in your home, making it difficult to use your faucets, shower, or appliances that require water.

Damage to the hose bib: Over time, a leaking hose bib can cause damage to the fixture itself, requiring more extensive repairs or replacement.

Need a plumber?

Quality Comfort Home Services is proud to offer full-service plumbing maintenance and repairs all over southwest Ohio. You can book service online anytime or give us a call at 513-620-4822.