Steps to Fixing a Leaky Faucet

Leaky faucets are one of the more common plumbing problems, so either call up your local plumber for a quick fix or roll up your sleeves and prepare learn how to get your leaky faucet working smoothly.

Before we get into
the process, check that you have the necessary tools for the job. You will want
an adjustable wrench, a screwdriver (both phillips and flathead), replacement
washers and O-rings, and some WD-40 or some other penetrating oil.

Leaky Faucet Repair

Now the first step is
to turn off the water supply. There should be two water valves located under
your sink. One controls hot water and one control the cold water. Go ahead and
tighten both of the valves (by hand) so that no water is flowing. Now remove
any decorative caps to reveal the leaky faucet handle underneath. Remove that
handle as well. Keep in mind that different types of faucets will have
different components, but most homes are equipped with a traditional
compression faucet. If you have a cartridge or ball-type faucet, you will want
to watch an instructional video for your specific faucet.

At this point, if you
have a compression faucet, this will reveal a packing nut along with a stem and
the old O-ring. Use your wrench to loosen the packing nut and remove the stem
(another thin, threaded knob). Finally, replace the worn down O-ring with the
new one and screw back on each component in reverse order (washer/O-ring, stem,
packing nut, handle).

Assuming you’ve got
to this point, you can pat yourself on the back and test that whether or not
the repair was a success! If all is well, congratulations! You just fixed your
first of many leaky faucets! If not, consider troubleshooting for what needs
repairing, or simply call a trusted plumber to handle the inspection and leaky
faucet repair job for you!