Easy Fixes for a Leaky Faucet

Fix Your Leaky Faucet

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Drip. Drip. Drip. Drip. You lay your head down for a restful, well-deserved sleep after a long day at work and this sound pervades your ears. Drip. Drip. Drip. The sound of a leaky faucet can be maddening at night when all you want to do is sleep. You may not have a plumber for a father, but you may still be able to troubleshoot the problem yourself before calling in your local home improvement and repair company.

The professionals at Hampton Enterprise have compiled this easy guide to help even the least mechanically inclined fix a leak on their own, saving you money (and sleep). If you prefer, read the illustrated Squidoo Lens version of this post.

  1. Find the culprit.

    Is it the handle? The spout? Either way, damaged seals are most commonly to blame for the annoying drip. If you’ve got puddles underneath your sink, check your lines and hoses.

  2. Go to the store.

    Figure out what you need, whether it’s new O-rings, washers, hoses and/or cartridges. You will probably also need a screwdriver and pliers. Or maybe you’ll be lucky and you simply needed to tighten a bolt on your faucet handles.

  3. Disassemble.

    Turn off the water (of course) and close the drain so you don’t lose anything. Remove the handle with your screwdriver. There may be a small cap hiding the screw. Once the handle is off, your cartridge will be exposed. Unscrew the nut to pull this out.

  4. Replace.

    You can buy a new cartridge for about the same price as new O-rings and seals. Now put it back together and voila, no leak!

Ok, it’s still leaking! Now what? Well, we did find this handy Faucet Troubleshooting Guide on ACME How To. This may help you in any other drippy faucet troubles. If all else fails, call in the professionals! Also check out this Instructable by PaleoPunk.

Pages Cited:

How To Fix a Leaking Faucet” – Mother Earth News

Faucet Troubleshooting” – ACME How To

Fixing A Leaky Faucet Instructable” – Instructables

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