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How to Fix a Leaky Faucet

So you’re washing your hands at the sink and you turn off the faucet. You notice it’s not turning off all the way. You twist and turn the nozzles but to avail. It is at this point you realize you have a leaky faucet.

You could call an expert in, but waiting for them to arrive means you are wasting water; not to mention having to deal with that constant drip, drip, drip sound….and let’s not even talk about the expense!

A better alternative is to try to fix it yourself. If you choose to go this route, here are the steps you will want to take.

  1. Shut Off The Water

To shut off the water twist the valve under the sink to the off position.  If you don’t have valves under the sink you may have to turn off the water supply for the house.

Turn on the faucet and leave it open allowing the remaining water to empty into the sink.

Remove the Handle

There should be a screw holding your handle on. This may be behind the handle or on the top cover. Use a screwdriver or hex key to remove it and pull the handle free.

Remove the Cartridge

To remove the cartridge, you will need to loosen the package nut in the handle assembly with a crescent wrench. Once that is removed, gently pull the cartridge out of the assembly.

Note, in some instances you may have to use a specialized tool to remove the cartridge. If this is the case, it will be noted on the manufacturer’s instructions.

Install a New Cartridge

Clean and dry the area around the handle with a cloth. Inspect the O-rings around the handle for signs of damage and replace any that need replacing.

Cartridges come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The easiest way to find the right one it to know the faucet manufacturer and model number. If you’re not sure, take the faucet to a hardware store so they can help you find the right part.

Once you have the new cartridge, install it making sure it’s aligned properly.

Reattach Faucet

To reattach the faucet, start by tightening the packing nut in place with the crescent wrench.

Next use the set screw to reattach the handle. Replace screw cover if required.

Turn your water supply back on and test out your faucet.

Run hot and cold water through the faucet to make sure the aerator isn’t clogged.

It is hopeful that, at this point, your faucet is no longer leaking. If it is, you may have to call in a professional.

A leaking faucet is never fun. Fortunately, there are ways to fix leaks so you can save water, money and keep yourself from suffering with that drip, drip, drip. Will you be trying to DIY your water leaks?

 

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