Few things are more inconvenient than a leaking faucet. It serves as a constant reminder that you are squandering water, and the drip, drip, dripping sound is incredibly annoying. So do not just put up with it—do something about it! Repairing a leaking faucet is a low-cost and straightforward undertaking. The key is to understand how to fix your specific type of faucet.
In this blog, you will learn how to fix a leaky faucet in no time. So gather the required tools and buckle in for the DIY tutorial.
Tools and Supplies You Will Need
Be sure to gather all of the tools and materials required before you start. For example, the materials you may need to repair a leaky faucet include:
- Hex key or adjustable wrench
- Allen wrenches
- Flathead screwdriver
- Phillips-head screwdriver
- Replacement parts
Step 1: Cut off the Water Supply
It is strongly advised to turn off the water supply before a leaky faucet repair. This is crucial, or else it can lead to an instant flood when you start disassembling the faucet.
You can turn off the water supply by locating the fixture shutoff valves below the sink and turn the handles clockwise to shut off the water flow to the fixture. In case there are no fixture shutoff valves, you can turn off the main water supply.
To make sure the water is turned off and alleviate pressure in the lines, turn on the faucet. To avoid losing any minor pieces down the drain, cover the drain with a stopper or towel.
Step 2: Remove the Faucet Handles
You can remove the decorative caps on top of the handle with a flathead screwdriver on most standard faucets, revealing the handle screws. Pull the handles after unscrewing these.
A hex set screw set into the handle of some single-handle faucets holds it in place; remove the faucet handle using a hex wrench and the metal cap.
Place the components in the correct order and take a photo with your phone so you do not forget how to put it back together.
Step 3: Remove the Inner Cartridge
The inner valve stem or cartridge is seen when the faucet handle is removed. This component must be removed from the faucet’s body. Depending on the style of the faucet and the geometry of the pieces, different extraction techniques will be used.
The brass valve stem on some compression faucets unscrews from the valve body. On the other hand, cartridge faucets generally use a plastic or brass cartridge assembly that pulls straight out of the faucet body.
For advice on removing your specific cartridge, consult the faucet manual or look up instructions online.
Step 4: Inspect the Faucet Parts for Damage
Examine the bits of the stem or cartridge you just removed with care. Traditional rubber washers or ring-shaped rubber seals may be used, depending on the faucet style.
If the faucet base is leaking, slide the spout off and replace the damaged o-rings underneath.
If the faucet spout is leaking, disassemble the internal pieces (or cartridge). Again, make sure to inspect all parts that can be removed.
Step 5: Replace Necessary Parts
Replace any parts that look to be old or damaged at this time.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation, being sure to lubricate any o-rings or seals with a plumber’s grease. Taking the old parts to a hardware store and asking for exact duplicates of the cartridge is the simplest way to get the correct replacement parts.
Step 6: Reassemble the Faucet
Reassemble the faucet with care, reversing the sequence in which you disassembled it. After that, re-start the water supply and check for leaks in the faucet.
The Bottom Line
If your leak continues, it may be time to seek professional assistance. At Only Option Handyman Service LLC, we specialize in assisting homeowners with leaking faucet repairs. You can trust us to get the job done perfectly the first time since we have years of experience in house repairs. So, what are you waiting for? Contact us today!