How Do I Fix a Leaky Faucet?

The annoying drip, drip, drip, of a leaky faucet can cause you higher water bills and plenty of annoyance. Fortunately, the problem is easy to fix by yourself. All you have to do is identify the type of faucet you’re working with and obtain the necessary tools for the job.

Tools You’ll Need

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Phillips and/or flat-head screwdriver
  • Penetrating oil, like WD-40
  • Replacement washers and O-rings

Step 1

Make sure your water supply is completely turned off to avoid any further surprise leaks before fixing the faucet.

Step 2

Use your flat-headed screwdriver to remove any decorative parts of the handle knobs. Underneath, you will find a screw that mounts the handle to the stem. Gently remove the handle with your flat-head after you unscrew the bolt from underneath the knobs. You can use your WD-40 to assist you in loosening the screw, which will allow you to take the faucet handle off the stem.

Step 3

Loosen the packing nut by using your wrench. You should now notice the stem of the faucet. Check all removed parts for damage.

Step 4

Examine the O-ring and washer inside the valve seat. Now, remove the washer and put a replacement inside the seat.

Step 5

To finish, reassemble all parts of the faucet. In order, they appear as washer/O-ring, stem, packing nut, screw and handle. Test to see if the leak is fixed by slowly turning the water on.

If your faucet is still leaking, then the cause may be corrosion in your valve seat. Worn-out seals, loose parts, or even broken plumbing could also be potential problems. Make sure to call a professional if you are unable to remedy the problem yourself. The professional plumbers at Climate Design are more than willing to help out!