This faucet was installed last summer, strange leak through holes in stem.. any idea what is causing this? Can it be fixed??

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  • can't see where leak is actually occurring. can you post a side picture? – bib Apr 29 '17 at 18:27
  • sure.. there are 2 small holes on the stem.. will post another pic shortly. – Parv Apr 29 '17 at 19:18
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    Anti Frost type faucets have the valve turn on/off gate well inside the exterior wall. When the faucet is shut off the water left in the outside portion of the valve has to drain out. It could be that the "leaking" you are seeing is this water draining out. Please clarify in your question if you are seeing the "leaking" when the faucet is ON, when the faucet has just turned OFF or if the faucet has been OFF for a long time and the hose is detached. – Michael Karas Apr 29 '17 at 19:29
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    If the valve is opened all the way and tightened firmly against the stop, does the flow out the two holes in the stem stop? – Jim Stewart Apr 30 '17 at 1:21
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    This is not your model, but appears the have the same design. That is a weep hole and indicates (if leaking during normal use) a worn out o-ring in the check assembly. – CactusCake Jul 10 '17 at 17:44

From your side view it looks like there may be a minor leak around the valve stem just behind the faucet handle. You can investigate this by first removing the faucet handle. Then loosen and remove the part pointed to below:

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(Do this with the faucet initially shut OFF).

Under this part you should find a rubber type part that fits around the valve stem. When this part is screwed in tighter it will compress the rubber part around the valve stem to keep it from leaking.

Sometimes with age this rubber type part will get hard or cracked so that it can no longer provide a good seal against the valve stem. In this case it is necessary to replace the rubber part.

There are also cases where the valve stem itself can get oxidized and/or corroded to the point that it no longer presents a nice smooth surface to the rubber seal part. It may be necessary to shine up the valve stem using a fine grade of steel wool.

Sometimes it can be beneficial to lubricate the valve stem and inner surface of the rubber type seal part using some petroleum jelly.

  • The water is coming direch – Parv Apr 29 '17 at 22:01
  • The water is coming directly out of those small pin holes – Parv Apr 29 '17 at 22:02
  • I know on my hydrant style freeze proofs the valve needs to be fully opened to block the drain port this valve may require the same to block water from getting to the drains in the valve stem. Or tighting the packing nut may help since its only a year old I wouldn't think the packing would have broken down already. – Ed Beal Sep 11 '17 at 23:32

You will have to take the faucet apart to find out how the water is getting into the hollow valve stem.

Remove the handle and remove the packing nut. Use a pipe wrench to apply counter torque to the faucet body while loosening the packing nut; this avoids stressing the attachment of the faucet to your house.

Pull out the valve stem and valve assembly. Fish out, or flush out, any loose parts that remain behind.

The operation of the check valve, washer, and seat may not be obvious, mainly because you're examining one that's not working properly. See if the manufacturer's web site has any documentation or diagrams.

Post pics of the disassembled innards.

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