A leaky faucet is one of those things that, albeit small, can grate on your nerves. The sound is constant and irritating and it wastes a lot of water. If left unfixed for an extended period of time, it may get worse or increase your water bill. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, that little drip, can produce up to 10,000 gallons of water a year.
So, what causes a leaky faucet in the first place, and what can you do to repair it?
What causes a leaky faucet?
There are several things that could be causing a faucet to drip. It could be a worn-out O-ring, a worn-out washer, mineral deposits, a corroded valve, or loose parts. The good news is that no matter the cause, fixing a leaky faucet is relatively easy.
All you need are the following items:
- Slotted screwdriver
- Phillips head screwdriver
- Adjustable wrench
- Rag or towel
How to Fix a Leaky Faucet in 5 Steps
Before getting started, shut off the water to the sink. If you’ve never done so before, you’ll find a handle or handles right underneath the sink. Turn them clockwise. Then, plug the drain or cover it with a rag to prevent anything from falling down the drain. Once that’s done, follow these steps:
Step 1. Remove the handles. Use the flathead screwdriver to remove the handles.
Step 2. Remove the parts. Underneath the handles, you’ll see additional screws holding the faucet in place. Use the Phillips screwdriver to remove them. If any of the screws are too difficult to remove because of corrosion, use WD-40. Use the wrench to remove the packing nut.
Step 3. Replace the O-ring and Washers. Once you remove the packing nut, you’ll notice the stem. This stem is on top of a part called the O-ring. The O-ring sits on top of a part called the washer. Either piece can get worn over time, which is likely what’s causing the faucet to leak. Take both the O-ring and the washer to a hardware store and buy identical replacement parts.
Step 4. Install the new parts.
Step 5. Reassemble the handles.
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