How to Fix a Leaky Faucet Yourself
It may be a big cliché, but one of the most common household plumbing issues is also one of the most irritating, the dripping or leaky faucet. A leaky faucet is not only a huge annoyance to everyone in the house, it can also be a huge water waster as even small leaks can run up to your water and utility bills. So what do you do when you have a leaky faucet?
How to Fix a Leaky Faucet
Note: If you are ever unsure what you’re doing, don’t risk damaging your plumbing, call your local, certified plumber.
- Shut off the water to the faucet from underneath the sink. Turn on the water supply to completely drain your faucet.
- The screw to dislodge the sink or faucet handle is often hidden under a screw cover. Remove the sink handle by removing the screw cover. This is accomplished by using an allen wrench or screwdriver.
- Examine the adjusting ring and cap. If you can see water issuing from them, you can tighten them with pliers. This may fix the leak, if not proceed to the next steps.
- Remove the adjusting ring and cap by unscrewing it. Then remove the dome-shaped cap carefully with pliers. Use a cloth over the cap to avoid damage.
- Pull out the round metal stem.
- Remove the ball assembly.
- Remove the “cam and packing,” if you see water issuing from this area, replace the cam and packing.
- Find the faucets seats and springs. The seat is a very small circular object, the spring sits underneath it.
- Remove the seats and springs with an allen wrench or screw driver.
- Replace the seats and springs.
- Repeat if you have another faucet handle.
- Replace the ball assembly.
- Replace the cam and packing.
- Screw the cap back onto the valve.
- Replace adjusting ring and carefully tighten.
- Replace the handle.
And just like that your leaky faucet is no more! If these steps don’t seem to solve the issue or you’re not unsure what all the steps mean, don’t mess up your plumbing, call a professional. A professional plumber can fix a leaky faucet quickly and you likely aren’t looking at a very big service charge.