How to Fix a Leaky Faucet

Tired of seeing your money go down the drain? A leaky faucet can cost you a significant amount of money if it is not taken care of right away because it will not be long until those drops have accumulated gallons of water that have gone to waste. To fix it you first need to figure out what kind of faucet you have so you can get replacement parts. After that you should follow the steps below.

Moderately Easy


Things You'll Need

  • Groove Joint Pliers
  • Clean Rags
  • Adjustable Wrenches
  • Faucet Cartridge
  • Washers And Gaskets
  • Screwdriver Sets
    • 1

      Turn off the water supply to the leaky faucet. Water shutoffs are often located under the sink but in older homes there may only be one main water shut off for the entire house, usually located where the water pipe enters (often facing the street).

    • 2

      Open the faucet and let any water in the pipes drain out.

    • 3

      Put in the sink drain plug or put a towel in the sink bottom. Faucets have small screws and you don't want to lose one down the drain.

    • 4

      Remove the faucet handle. Virtually all handles are attached with a screw often hidden under a decorative cap that can be pried off with a small screwdriver.

    • 5

      Remove the workings of the faucet and determine what kind of repair is required (see Tips). Once you have identified what kind of faucet you have, see the related eHow for details on repairing your particular faucet.

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