Here's our DIY guide to fixing a leaky faucet without the help of paid professionals. Tune up your plumbing at home!
Welcome to our latest DIY plumbing guide, showing you how to fix a leaky faucet.
As part of our DIY plumbing series, we’re excited to help our readers understand how they can easily solve most problems in their own homes.
With a little bit of instruction, some patience, and the right tools, you can keep your home running smoothly every day.
When you’ve got a leaky faucet, it’s understandable to ignore it at first. If the problem isn’t catastrophic, and the job to fix it seems tough, the tendency is to leave it be.
We’re here to tell you why you don’t have to worry about that at all.
When you’ve got a leaky faucet, you should know that you’ll be able to fix it yourself, without professional help, in less than an hour. How’s that sound?
The great thing is, the process involves few tools. You should have what you need lying around the house and, if not, we recommend picking these tools up to have around for any future projects anyway.
When you own your home, responsibility falls on you to fix any problems. While that sounds like a pricy proposition, it really doesn’t have to be.
With this simple guide, we’ll show you step by step how exactly to get your faucet running perfectly and leak-free.
Based on an article on Homeclick.com.
Materials and tools needed:
- New faucet cartridge
- Rag or hand towel
- Allen wrench set
- Channel lock pliers
Table of Contents
- 1. Turn off the water supply
- 2. Open the faucet to release pressure
- 3. Cover sink drain
- 4. Pry off the decorative cap
- 5. Remove the screw
- 6. Disassemble the faucet
- 7. Remove the old cartridge
- 8. Insert the new cartridge
- 9. Replace assorted hardware
- 10. Reattach faucet handle
- 11. Reinsert the decorative cap
- 12. Turn the water supply on
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1. Turn off the water supply
This important first step ensures that you don’t get blasted with water or flood your kitchen. The valves will be under the sink.
2. Open the faucet to release pressure
When you open the faucet, you’ll release any residual pressure leftover in the pipes. This is an important safety and cleanliness measure.
3. Cover sink drain
Now you’ll want to cover the sink drain with your rag. This protects the sink from your tools and ensures that you won’t lose any small parts if they’re dropped.
4. Pry off the decorative cap
Next you’ll need to remove the handle, but to get to the screw holding it in place, you’ll need to pry out the little decorative cap that conceals it.
5. Remove the screw
With the decorative cap removed, you’ll be able to see the screw beneath. Now you can unscrew it and remove it, getting the handle loose. Make sure to place the screw in a safe spot where it won’t be lost.
6. Disassemble the faucet
Now you’re ready to fully disassemble the faucet. Every faucet out there is a little different, but each one has some similar combination of housing, screws, and clamps that all need to be removed to get to the cartridge.
7. Remove the old cartridge
Use those channel lock pliers to remove the old cartridge. Take careful note of how the cartridge sits because you’ll need to insert the new cartridge the same way.
8. Insert the new cartridge
Take that new cartridge and insert it in exactly the same way the original one sat.
9. Replace assorted hardware
Now you can replace all of the various hardware pieces that were removed earlier in the process.
10. Reattach faucet handle
At this point, you can reattach your faucet handle and tighten it using your Allen wrench.
11. Reinsert the decorative cap
Assuming you kept it in a secure, safe place, now’s your time to grab that decorative cap and reinsert it into the handle.
12. Turn the water supply on
Now’s the real test. Turn the water supply on and see if there are any leaks still happening. If you followed along closely, you should have a perfectly leak-free faucet right now.
If you’re like me, you may learn best by observing someone else going through the steps of a project. We’ve got a great video below that shows you everything you’ll need to know.
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