Asked on Jan 20, 2020

How do I repair a leaking spigot behind the toilet?

BetsyPeggy BurnetteLaura Cooper


Our water spigot behind the toilet is leaking. We tightened it and it stopped for about a week and is leaking again. How can I fix this?

5 answers
  • Lucky Home Today
    Lucky Home Today
    on Jan 20, 2020

    If its leaking at the threading, you could try putting some plumber's tape to see if that helps seals the gap. Are you sure its not the line that is leaking? If so replacing the line might be an inexpensive quick fix, too.

  • Mogie
    on Jan 20, 2020

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  • Laura Cooper
    Laura Cooper
    on Jan 20, 2020

    It's sound like the valve seat is bad. This usually requires a valve replacement. They are around $10. You will need to shut the water off and make sure to have a bucket ready to catch drips.

  • Peggy Burnette
    Peggy Burnette
    on Jan 20, 2020

    Hi this is Peggy. So sorry you have a drip behind the toilet. Hope this helps you fix the problem. If the spigot is leaking around the valve stem when the water is turned on, it can usually be fixed by tightening the packing nut behind the handle 1/8 to 1/4 turn. If the faucet still leaks after tightening the packing nut, the washer on the end of the valve stem needs to be replaced. › fix-a-leaky-outdoor-spigot

    How to fix a dripping spigot | Staggs Plumbing

  • Betsy
    on Jan 21, 2020

    Hi Merry: You may have a bad hose. Easy to fix. Turn the water to the toilet off at the shut-off, put a pan under that, flush the toilet to empty the tank and remove the hose when all of the water is gone. The pot will catch any water that leaks out, and it will leak out :) Then, take the hose to the home improvement store to be sure you get exactly the same size and length you need, along with some Teflon tape. When you get home, clean off the threads on the toilet and inlet to make sure they're clean, put on a couple wraps of teflon tape, going the same way that you are going to screw the hose on, attach the hose and you should be good to go. If it is still leaking, you may have a problem with the inlet, shank washer, inside of the toilet. Here is a site that tells you a lot about fixing a toilet. Don't be intimidated, you can do this! Also, I have a fluidmaster in my toilet and love it, as opposed to the old type with the ball cock, that big black floating ball :)

    Good luck

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