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Stop, drip, drop, and roll: How to fix a leaky faucet like a pro

Hey, fellow home improvement enthusiasts! We're diving into a common household frustration: The bane of many homeowners’ existence – the leaky faucet. You know the sound – that incessant drip, drop, drip that could drive anyone up the wall. But fear not! We're here to arm you with the knowledge you need to tackle this annoyance head-on, emerging victorious.

What causes a leaky faucet?

So, what causes a faucet to leak in the first place? There are a few culprits to consider: It could be a worn-out washer, a faulty O-ring, or even just a loose part that needs tightening. Whatever the case, the good news is that fixing a leaky faucet is often a lot simpler than you might think!

A leaky faucet drips water into a bathroom sink

What will I need to fix a leaky faucet?

First things first: Let's gather our tools. You'll typically need an adjustable wrench, a screwdriver (both flathead and Phillips), and possibly a pair of needle-nose pliers. Once you've got your trusty toolkit assembled, it's time to roll up those sleeves and get to work.

How to fix a dripping faucet

  • Step 1: Shut off the water
    Before you start disassembling anything, make sure to shut off the water supply to the faucet. You can usually do this by locating the shut-off valves under the sink. Once the water is off, turn the faucet on to drain any remaining water in the pipes.
  • Step 2: Identify the type of faucet
    Faucets come in different shapes and sizes, so it's important to identify what type you're dealing with. The most common types are compression, ball, cartridge, and ceramic disc faucets. Each type may require slightly different steps for repair, so be sure to do a quick Google search if you're unsure.
  • Step 3: Disassemble the faucet 
    Using your screwdriver and wrench, carefully disassemble the faucet and lay out the parts in the order you remove them. Take note of how everything fits together – this will make reassembly much easier later on.

    Pro Tip: Take a picture of everything laid out so you can verify all necessary parts are still there. This is especially useful if you need to walk away and/or have pets or children in your home.
Pliers are used to unscrew an aerator from a faucet
  • Step 4: Replace worn-out parts 
    Inspect the parts for any signs of wear and tear, paying close attention to the washer and O-ring. If you notice any damage, it's time to replace them. Most hardware stores carry replacement parts that are compatible with a wide range of faucets.
  • Step 5: Reassemble and test 
    Once you've replaced any worn-out parts, carefully reassemble the faucet in the reverse order of how you took it apart. Be sure to tighten everything securely, but avoid over-tightening, as this could cause damage. Once everything is back in place, turn the water supply back on and test the faucet to ensure the leak has been fixed. And there you have it – a leaky faucet no more!

Now you know how to fix a leaky faucet!

With a little bit of know-how and some elbow grease, you can tackle this common household annoyance like a pro. So go ahead, give yourself a pat on the back, and enjoy the sweet sound of silence now that the drip, drop, drip is a thing of the past. Until next time, happy fixing!

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