Is the faucet in your sink leaking? The sound is definitely a nuisance, but a leaking faucet can also cause structural damage over time and wastes water. This is hard on the environment and it will also translate to a higher water bill. Here are some tips on how to fix your leaky faucet.

Gather Tools

Here are the items you’ll need to disassemble and reassemble your faucet:

  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench (you can put tape on jaws of your wrench to help prevent damage to your faucet’s finish)
  • Replacement O-Ring
  • Replacement Washers

Turn off the Water Supply

This is an important step, because if you don’t, your floor and your clothing are probably going to end up really wet. Turn off the handles over the sink as well as the knobs underneath that control the water coming from the main line.

Remove Decorative Knobs

If your handles have any decorative knobs, be sure to remove them with a screwdriver. Unscrew them carefully and take off the faucet handle from the stem. Then, use a wrench to loosen the packing unit. There, you should see the stem to remove it. Depending on the faucet, some stems will come off easily. Others may need to be twisted to come off.

Inspect the O-Ring

Next, look closely at the O-ring and washer inside the valve seat. This is often the cause of leaks. Remove the washer and put a replacement inside the seat, ensuring that they are an exact fit. A helpful way to ensure you’re getting the right O-ring is by bringing it to your local hardware store to verify that you’re buying the right size. Or, you can buy a package that has various sizes in it and take it home to see which one is the exact fit.


Next, you’ll need to reassemble the parts of the faucet in the right order. This order is washer/O-ring, stem, packing nut, screws, and handle. Once things are reassembled, slowly turn the knob to test the running water to see if it’s still leaking.

Fixing leaks is an important part of being a responsible homeowner. It not only saves you money on your water bill every month, but it is also an important part of helping conserve water. If you have followed these directions above and you’re still seeing a leak, there may be something more serious going on with your pipes, such as corrosion.

If you’re still unsure about what’s wrong with your leaking faucet, contact our team at Meticulous Plumbing today. We’re happy to take a look and get things back to great working order quickly for you.

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