How To Repair A Leaky Faucet

Faucets leak for all types of reasons and can leak from the faucet itself or even around the handles. Either way, these are fairly simple repairs you can attempt yourself if you're handy. If you don't feel comfortable making plumbing repairs yourself, you should leave the job to a professional. See below for instructions on how to repair a leaky faucet:

Here's What You Need:

  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Screwdriver
  • New gasket or o-ring


  1. To start, figure out where the faucet is leaking. It could be leaking around the handles, beneath the faucet, or leaking out of the faucet head itself. 
  2. Next, turn the water off below the sink. Allow the water to run out of the faucet by turning on the faucet. Once the water runs out, you can move on to the next step.
  3. Unscrew the handles and try to tighten the packing nut with your adjustable wrench. Repeat on both handles.
  4. Reassemble the handles, turn the water back on and see if that repaired the leak. If not, move on to the next step.
  5. Turn the water back off and unscrew the handles again. Inspect the washer and replace it if it's cracked, broken or dry-rotted. Also inspect the packing nut and replace it as well. Repeat on the other handle as well.
  6. Put your handles back together, then turn the water back on and test out your handy work.

If you still have a leak, around the handle or if you have water coming from beneath the faucet, it may be time to replace the faucet altogether.

  1. To replace the faucet, turn the water off and remove the old faucet and drain assembly (your new faucet should come with a new drain stop and cover).
  2. Invest in a good quality faucet, rather than one that is cheaply made to prevent leaks from occurring again.
  3. Install the new faucet following the manufacturer's directions that came with the faucet. 
  4. Be sure to tighten the screws, nuts and hoses/piping to prevent leaks.
  5. When you are finished with the install, turn the water back on beneath your sink and inspect your work. Watch for water around the faucet, dripping from the head of the faucet, or even beneath the sink where the piping/hoses connect.

If you aren't comfortable with making plumbing repairs it's best to leave the work to a professional plumber to ensure the job is done properly the first time. Contact a company like Tonka  Plumbing Heating &  Cooling Inc for more information and assistance. 

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Protecting My Plumbing

I have never been one of those people who is overly worried about making every last thing in my home perfect, but after struggling for a long time with my plumbing system, I knew that I had to do something to make things right. I started thinking carefully about what I needed to do in order to protect my plumbing, and a family friend who did work as a plumber helped to give me a few tips. She started by explaining how to avoid clogs, and then worked towards making things right by repairing one system at a time. This blog is all about protecting your plumbing and avoiding unplanned expenses.


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