How to Fix a Dripping Faucet

There’s Nothing Quite as Frustrating as a Faucet that Won’t Stop Dripping

For our inaugural blog, A Maurais & Sons, Inc. is explaining how to fix a dripping faucet. Homeowners and renters alike know there’s nothing quite as frustrating as a dripping faucet. Believe it or not, most of the time the issues are DIY repairable. If you’re experiencing a faucet that’s dripping a lot, you likely need to replace the washer and/or O-ring. To begin, you need to shut off the water with the stop valve, and remove components, such as the handle.

Shut Off the Water Before You Begin Repairing the Faucet

The most important step to take when fixing a dripping faucet is shutting off the water with the stop valve. The stop valve should be on the piping underneath your sink. Find it? Twist it right until it won’t move. This should turn off the water supply. If you don’t have a stop valve under the sink, then shut off the water for the entire dwelling. After you stop the water supply with the stop valve, leave the faucet on and open. That way, the remaining water in the line can empty into the basin.

After you turn off the water, you’ll need to remove components, such as the handle and valve stem. To remove components on standard fixtures, use a flathead screwdriver to take off the cap and reveal the handle screws. After you loosen the handle screws, the handle should pop off.

Faucets Usually Drip Because their Washers or O-Rings Need Replacing

After you remove components, check out the spout. The two most common reasons faucets drip continuously are damaged washers and/or O-rings. You can find both parts at a local hardware store or a department store’s hardware section. After you remove the handle and valve stem, look for a screw. Underneath that is the washer. Underneath the washer is the O-ring. Remove and replace them both. Replace the valve stem, reattach the handle, and turn the stop valve left until water comes out of the faucet.

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