Repairing a Leaking Water Spigot

Repairing a leaking water spigot is very simple and easy to do. A lot of the time when water is leaking it is usually only necessary to replace the rubber washer. Here are some instructions so you can repair the leaking water spigot yourself.

Tools and Materials

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Assortment of replacement washers
  • Channel lock pliers
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Flat head screwdriver

Step 1: Turning Off the Water Flow

Before you start the repair of your leaking water spigot you must turn off the water flow to the spigot. To do this you have to turn off your water at the main shut off (this is located somewhere outside). Once the main shut off is off, turn on the leaking water spigot to allow water to drain from the pipes.

Step 2: Removing the Bonnet Nut

Now that the water is off, remove the bonnet nut that is situated under the handle. The bonnet nut is removed by using the adjustable wrench. You may also need to use the channel lock pliers to hold the spigot in place while the bonnet nut is removed.

Step 3: Removing the Water Spigot

Now the bonnet nut has been loosened enough you are able to lift the water spigot off. This should be very easy as a common water spigot should lift out all together so you are able to remove the contents of the water spigot in whole.

Step 5: Removing the Rubber Washer

Now that the water spigot has been removed you should be able to see the rubber washer being held in with a screw. The screw is situated towards the bottom end of the contents. Look at the screw and then use either the Phillips head or flat head screwdriver to remove the screw.

Step 6: Changing the Rubber Washer

Now that the screw is out, pull the washer off. Go through the assorted rubber washers and pick the washer that is a complete match. If there isn't a complete match, pick the closest rubber washer and use that one. Place the washer back on and tighten up the screw to finish the rubber washer change.

Step 7: Replacing the Water Spigot

Now that the washer is in place, put everything back together and replace the water spigot. Tighten the bonnet back up using the adjustable wrench. You may also need to use the channel lock pliers to hold the water spigot while you tighten the bonnet nut.

Step 8: Checking to See If the Leaking Water Spigot is Repaired

Now that the water spigot is back in place it's time to check that that you have repaired it. You must now turn on the main water so that you will have water flow back into your house. Turn on the tap and let the water run for a few seconds and turn it off. Once you have turned the water off, watch the spigot for a few moments to see if it leaks. If no water is leaking out, you have finished and repaired the leaking water spigot.