How to fix a leaky faucet

All you need is a few simple tools and a little know-how, and you’ll be on your way to curing your faulty tap. You may already have many of the tools necessary for most plumbing jobs because they are the same tools used for other do-it-yourself projects. Some faucets require special tools to dislodge springs and tighten adjusting rings.

1. Pliers

2. Standard flathead screwdriver

3. Phillips screwdriver

4. Adjustable wrench

5. Plumbers grease

6. Scrub pad

7. Pipe joint compound

8. Correct-size washer

9. Old rags or towels

By going through the following steps, a leaky faucet can usually be repaired without having to call and then incur the expense of a plumber’s services as the problem may be easily solved by the replacement of a worn out rubber washer, or an O-ring.

Step 1: First of all turn off the water supply before you begin. It is VERY IMPORTANT to make sure you turn off the water supply to the tap you are working on.

Step 2: Remove screw that holds washer.

Step 3: Replace old washer with an exact replacement.

Step 4: Fasten new washer to the stem, and reinstall assembly in faucet.

Step 5: Reinstall handle and replace button or disc.

Step 6: Choose the correct cartridge. If the disc is obviously cracked then you will need to replace it with a new cartridge.

Step 7: Reassemble once you have determined and corrected the problem, simply go back over yourself step by step to reassemble your ceramic-disc tap.

For a double handled sink, repeat these steps for the other faucet if the leak is not fixed.

For as long as you have the right tools and materials, learning how to fix a leaky faucet can be very easy. So there you have it. You’ve fixed a leaky faucet!

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