Here are the steps on how to fix a leaky faucet:
- Turn off the water supply to the faucet. There are usually two shut-off valves located underneath the sink. One valve controls the hot water and the other controls the cold water. Turn both valves clockwise to shut off the water.
- Remove the aerator. The aerator is the small screen at the end of the faucet spout. It can be unscrewed by hand or with a wrench.
- Inspect the washers and O-rings. The washers and O-rings are the small rubber or plastic rings that help to seal the faucet. If they are damaged, they will need to be replaced.
- Replace the washers or O-rings. You can buy replacement washers and O-rings at most hardware stores. Once you have the new parts, simply follow the instructions that came with them to replace the old ones.
- Reassemble the faucet. Once you have replaced the washers or O-rings, you can reassemble the faucet. Be sure to turn the water back on before you do this, so that you can test the faucet to make sure that it is no longer leaking.
If the leak is not coming from the washers or O-rings, then you may need to replace the cartridge or stem. The cartridge is the part of the faucet that controls the flow of water. The stem is the rod that connects the handle to the cartridge.
To replace the cartridge or stem, you will need to follow the instructions that came with your faucet. In general, you will need to remove the handle, disassemble the faucet, and then replace the cartridge or stem.
Once you have replaced the cartridge or stem, you can reassemble the faucet and turn the water back on. The leak should now be fixed.
Here are some additional tips for fixing a leaky faucet:
- If you are not comfortable working on your own faucet, you can always call a plumber.
- When you are buying replacement parts, be sure to get the right parts for your faucet.
- Take pictures of the faucet before you start working on it, so that you can refer to them if you get lost.
- Be careful not to overtighten any of the screws or nuts, as this could damage the faucet.
With a little bit of patience and effort, you should be able to fix a leaky faucet yourself.