The average faucet usually lasts for about 15 years, but your faucet will start to leak eventually. Don’t ignore that leaking faucet in your bathroom or kitchen. Even a small leak of just 10 drops per minute can waste a significant amount of water over time. Not only that, it can also cause high water bills. Fortunately, a leaky faucet is usually a snap to fix, even for an occasional DIYer.
In this blog post, we’ll teach you how to fix a leaky faucet in just a few easy steps.
Turn off the water
This is the first thing you should do when fixing a leaky faucet. The shut off valve will most likely be under the sink. If there are no valves underneath the sink, turn off the main water supply. Turn on the faucet and let the water drain out.
Remove the handle
Pop off the decorative cap that covers the knob. Remove the screw that is holding the handle in place. Then, lift off the handle. A simple prying with a flat-head screwdriver will do the job.
Once the handle is removed, you’ll have access to the nut that is holding the stem to the washer. Loosen and remove the nut with the help of an adjustable wrench. This will expose the rest of the stem.
Examine the screw, nut and stem. Replace if damaged. Lubricate the threads of the stem while you’re at it.
Replace the washer
If everything is intact, the washer is probably the reason why your faucet leaks. Remove the old washer and replace it with a new one.
Washers vary in size. Be sure to bring your old washer when buying a new one to make sure that you get the correct size.
Reassemble the faucet
Reassemble the parts in reverse order once repairs are complete. Reinstall the stem, bonnet nut, handle and then the decorative cap. Turn the water back on. Leaks should be fixed by now.
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