How to Fix a Leaky Faucet

It’s Fix a Leak Week! This week, we are reminding homeowners to take the time to finally fix those leaking faucets! Did you know that a faucet leaking at just one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year? That’s why it is so important that we take the time to address those little plumbing problems around the house so that you can save water and money.


How you fix your faucet depends on what type of faucet you  have in your home. There are four different kinds of faucets, each that require their own repair method.

Compression Faucets:

If you have a compression faucet, you most likely need a new seat washer.

  1. Take off the decorative cap on the handle and remove the screw.
  2. Pull off the faucet handle. Use a crescent wrench to unscrew the packing nut.
  3. Remove and replace the seat washer.

Ball-Type Faucets

These faucets have a lot of parts, so you will want to buy a replacement kit and place in all new parts.

  1. Use adjustable pliers to remove the cap and collar.
  2. Loosen the faucet cam and lift it out, along with the washer and rotating ball.
  3. Use needle-nose pliers to remove all of the seals and springs.
  4. Cut off the O-rings, coat the new ones in heat-proof plumber’s grease and replace the rest of the parts.

Cartridge Faucets

  1. Take off the decorative cap on the handle of the faucet by removing the screw, tilting the handle back and pulling it off.
  2. Use needle-nose pliers to remove the threaded retaining clip (if it exists).
  3. Remove the spout and cut off the old O-rings.
  4. Reassemble the unit with the new parts.

Ceramic-Disk Faucets

  1. Push the faucet handle back and remove the screw to lift off the handle.
  2. Remove the escutcheon cap and unscrew the disk cylinder mounting screws. Lift out the cylinder.
  3. Use a blunt screwdriver to lift out the neoprene seals.
  4. Clean and replace with new parts.

Having trouble with your home faucet? Our plumbing professionals here at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drains are here to help you with all of your home plumbing needs. Visit our website to learn more about the services that we offer at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drains or give us a call directly.

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