How to Repair a Leaky Faucet

We all need water for our daily needs from drinking to washing to cleansing and many more. We require water everywhere, in kitchen, bathrooms, and garden and at many more places. For the same, we install faucets in our homes according to our needs. But what if these same faucets start to put us in dire situations and become the apple of discord for all other water problems in the house like expensive water bills, corrosion, environmental damage, mold creation due to moisture and other health problems? Now if you are not getting the point that how small faucets can be responsible for these huge problems then let us tell you that it can happen when faucets start to leak?

Thus, if it is also your concern and you want to know how to repair a leaky faucet then this post is for you to clear your all doubts on the same topic.

So here we start:-

Now before starting any DIY project, we need a number of tools to accomplish the task successfully and appropriately. So, I am going to share a list of handful tools which we will need in our job.

Potential Tools Needed:

  1. Wrench (WORKPRO 3-piece Adjustable Wrench Set CR-V with Rubberized Anti-Slip Grips) from Amazon
  2. Latex Gloves from Amazon
  3. Pliers (Stalwart 6-Piece Utility Plier Set With Storage Pouch) from 
  4. Drain Plug (Silicone Tub Stopper) from Amazon
  5. Screwdriver (Stanley model) from Walmart 
  6. New Washer(s)/O Rings from local hardware store
  7. Faucet and Valve Grease (Rectorseal 50811 2-Ounce Plumbers Grease) from Amazon

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Now there are different types of faucets, so keeping this in mind in this post on tips to fix leaky faucet we are going to share for two handle and single handle faucet.

For Two Handle Faucet

  1. Shut off the Water Supply

The very first step in repairing leaking faucet starts with shutting off your water supply. For the same, all you have to do isthat turning off the valves situated beneath the sink if it is like a flat screw turns it off with a screwdriver. Alternatively, you can do obstruct water supply of the complete house.

2. Check For the Leak

Now keep in mind that keep one of the valves of your two handle faucet open while checking for the leak as it will help you to find the leak. You will come to know about the leak at the moment when water stops seeping after that turn off both the valves.

3. Keep a Rug or Towel in Sink

Yes, you have heard it right, after following the second tip to repair leaky faucet the next you have to put a rug in the sink. You have to do it because it will help you not to misplace or drop any important small part of the faucet.

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4. Remove the Cap or Screw cover and Set Screw

In the next step, you have to remove the screw cover which generally remains a decorative dome or cap and signify the sides of hot and cold water outlets respectively. As soon as the cover got removed you are on the way to get to the set screw. Next, to this, pull out the set screw with the help of a screwdriver.

5.  Take Out Lock Nut and Cartridge or Stem

Once you are done with the set screw take out the lock nut with the help of a wrench. Thenceforth, pull out the stem or cartridge, here pay attention to its arrangement as you have to place in the same way thereafter. Here you can also do one thing – you can click a picture for reference. So, if after pulling out stem you find it damaged then place a new stem thereby queuing up the notches and keeping in the place.

6. Check For O-Rings

Don’t forget to check the rubber O-rings which usually seems like black small rubber bands in order to check if they are alright or damaged. Here, if O-rings are completely alright then you may have to replace the complete stem and if O-Rings are damaged then you to replace them and forextending the life of these rings you need to grease them and at the same time have to use gloves latex gloves to protect your hands.

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7.  Put All Parts in Order and Check Again For Leak

Once you are done with all the tips mentioned above just put back all the parts in order as they were before disassembling. After that, turn on the valves to check that whether the leak persists or not.

Single Handed Faucet

  1. Remove the Cover or Handle

By using a wrench pull off the screw and remove the handle and take out the cap or spout even.

      2.  Take Out other Elements

Next to this step, remove all other elements like cam, ball lever, and washer and check them whether they are alright or not. If are damaged then replace them with the new ones.

     3.  Look For O-rings/ Seats or Springs

After following the second step the next step in which you have to put your hands is that you have to look for O-rings/ Seats or springs and check them whether they are alright or not. If are damaged then replace them with the new ones.

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     4. Place All Parts in Order and Check For Leak Again

Once you are done with all the tips mentioned above just put back all the parts in order as they were before disassembling and reinstate the screw to the handle after that ,check for the leak if it is gone or still there.


If the handle of your faucet stuck then steep a towel in vinegar and drape it around it to aid released mineral deposits. After an hour or two, softly twist it with the help of pliers and towels.

Hope this post on how to fix a leaking faucet will help you in the best manner to manage your leaky faucets of all room. If it will, then do not forget to share it with your family, friends, and colleagues too. And also, don’t forget to share your views in the comment section below. We would love to hear from you. You can also subscribe us to get our latest updates in home improvement topics.

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