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
- Plumber’s grease
- 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.
- 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