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Leaky Faucet? Here’s How To Fix It.

In most cases, fixing a leaky faucet is probably not as intensive as you might think. In fact, this can take just about ten minutes and requires minimal tools.


If your faucet’s leak is located at the spout, the culprit is probably the faucet washer. The Family Handyman breaks down the process of fixing a spout leak:


The faucet washer can easily be replaced. In addition, check to see if water is leaking around the faucet handle. If so, you will also need to replace the rubber O-ring around the valve stem.

The items needed for this repair include: 4-in-1 screwdriver, an adjustable wrench, faucet washers, and rubber O-rings.


Figure out what size/shape you will need. Before you can begin the repair, you will need to disassemble the washer from the valve, so that you can to determine what type of O-ring and faucet washer you will need.


To do so, carefully follow the steps below. We recommend that you take the old faucet washer and O-rings with you to the store. This way we can easily help you match the items. And then you will be on your way with your new pieces in tow and ready to complete repair.


For good measure, you might also consider purchasing additional brass screws that hold the washer on. You may not need this item. However, in case the brass screw happens to become damaged during the repair, having these brass screws handy can help.


Before you begin the repair, shut the water off and purge the pressure. Depending on the construction of your home, you may be able to turn off the water in just the one room where the leak is, or you may need to turn off the water throughout your entire home. If the second is required, this can be done by shutting the main valve.


Unscrew the valve. First, remove the handle, and then, going counterclockwise, use your wrench to turn the valve. Once this is done, you will be able to pull out the valve.


Replace the faucet washer. After you remove the screw connecting the washer and valve, simply replace the faucet washer with your new one. Then, reconnect the washer to the valve using the screw.


Got questions about your leaky faucet? Give us a call or stop by the store.

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