How to fix a leaky faucet


A leaky faucet can waste gallons of water and drive up your water bill, which is why it’s important to fix that drip! Don’t ignore leaky faucet in your bathroom or kitchen, whether it’s the cause of the bothersome dripping sound or the water puddling under your sink. Ignoring these problems could result in a larger issue, but fortunately, stopping a leaky faucet is inexpensive and simple to complete on your own!

Tools you will need:

Philips and flat head screwdriver

Adjustable wrench (C wrench)

Replacement washers and O-rings

Penetrating oil (WD-40 or CRC)


First, make sure your water supply is turned off so you don’t risk making a worse mess. Check to see if the water supply is turned off, check everything from the handles over the sink to the knobs underneath that control where the water comes from.

Next, take off any decorative knobs; you can do this by prying off the decoration with a flat-head screwdriver. Unscrew the screw that mounts the handle to the stem, which is located underneath each knob. Gently remove the handle with your flat-head screwdriver. You can use the penetration oil to loosen the faucet handle off the stem.

Now, loosen the packing nut using your wrench to located the stem and remove it as well. Some stems are harder to remove than others, so check the removed parts for any damages.

After you have done these steps and everything is intact, inspect the O-ring and washer inside the valve set. If these are damaged, it could be the reason for the leak and you will need to replace that part.

Lastly, carefully reassemble all the parts starting from, washer/O-ring, stem, packing nut, screw, and handle. Test to see if water is running.


If this did not resolve your leaky faucet, then the cause may be in your valve seat which can produce leaks near the spout if not cleaned over time. There are other potential problems that may require a professional repairman.

But check out our website to find any appliance repair parts you may need. Have a question, tip, or comment?  Leave it for us below!  Be sure to like and share this post and subscribe to the 1st Source Servall Blog to receive regular updates.

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