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How to fix a leaky faucet A step-by-step guide [2023]

How to fix a leaky faucet? A step-by-step guide [2023]

A leaky faucet is a common household problem that can waste water and money, not to mention being annoying and inconvenient. The good news is that it’s often a relatively easy fix that you can do yourself with just a few basic tools.

What you’ll need:

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • Washers
  • O-rings
  • Plumber’s grease

Instructions:

  • Shut off the water supply: There are usually two shutoff valves under the sink, one for the hot water and one for the cold water. Turn both valves clockwise until the water stops flowing.
  • Identify the type of faucet you have : There are two main types of faucets: compression faucets and cartridge faucets. Compression faucets have two handles, one for hot water and one for cold water. Cartridge faucets have a single handle that controls both the temperature and the flow of water.
  • Remove the faucet handle(s) : For compression faucets, there is usually a screw on the underside of the handle that you can loosen with a screwdriver. Once the screw is loose, you should be able to lift the handle off. For cartridge faucets, there is usually a small cap on the top of the handle that you can pry off with a screwdriver. Once the cap is off, you should see a screw that you can loosen to remove the handle.
  • Remove the faucet stem(s): The faucet stem is the part of the faucet that the handle is attached to. It is held in place by a nut. Use an adjustable wrench to loosen the nut and then remove the stem.
  • Inspect the washers and O-rings : Washers and O-rings are the parts of the faucet that create a seal and prevent water from leaking. If they are worn or damaged, they will need to be replaced. You can usually find replacement washers and O-rings at your local hardware store.
  • Apply plumber’s grease: Apply a small amount of plumber’s grease to the new washers and O-rings. This will help to create a better seal and prevent leaks.
  • Reassemble the faucet: Reassemble the faucet in the reverse order that you disassembled it. Be sure to tighten all of the nuts and screws securely.
  • Turn on the water supply. Slowly turn on the shutoff valves and check for leaks. If you see any leaks, tighten the nuts and screws until the leaks stop.

Additional tips:

  • If the leak is coming from the spout of the faucet, you may need to replace the washer or O-ring at the end of the spout.
  • If the leak is coming from the base of the faucet, you may need to tighten the packing nut.
  • If the leak is coming from the handle of the faucet, you may need to replace the washer or O-ring inside the handle.

If you are not sure what is causing the leak, you can call a plumber for assistance. Just Dial 0203 488 1053