How to Fix a Leaky Faucet

A dripping faucet can slowly waste water and money. Here’s how to fix a leaky faucet at home. You’ll need the following tools:

Required Tools

  • Channellock Pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • Allen Wrench
  • Washer & Springs (for your faucet model)

Helpful Tips:

You may want to stop the drain, or place a rag over the drain to prevent small screws and parts from falling down the drain.

Step 1: Identify which side (hot or cold) the leak is coming from

Shut off the water by closing the angle stop (shut off valve) one side at a time. Common angle stop types include pull and close angle stops, quarter turn angle stops, gate valve angle stop. Pull or turn the angle stop connected to the cold water supply. If the drip still persists, push or turn the cold water supply back on, then turn off the hot water supply. If the leak stops, you have identified the side responsible for the leak.

Note: If you see corrosion on any of your angle stops, call a qualified Las Vegas plumber to have them fixed – if left unattended, corrosion can lead to unexpected leaks.

Step 2: Take the handle off the faucet

Use your allen wrench to unscrew the handle from the leaking side of the faucet and pull the handle off.

Step 3: Remove the Bonnet Nut

Use your channellock pliers to carefully loosen the Bonnet Nut by turning in a counter clockwise motion.

Step 4: Remove the Stem

Using your channellock pliers, pull the stem up. The brass stem should come out in one piece.

Step 5: Prepare the replacement washer & spring

Place the spring inside the new washer

Step 6: Remove the old washer & spring

Using your screwdriver (with the Allen head attached), lift the old washer & spring out of the faucet.

Step 7: Install the new washer & spring

Put the replacement washer & spring on the tip of your screwdriver and insert into the faucet. Press with your finger to make sure the pieces are lined up correctly.

Step 8: Replace the Stem & Bonnet Nut

Place the stem back into the faucet and press down. Then, place the Bonnet Nut on top of the stem and tighten with your channellock pliers in a clockwise motion. The fit should be snug, but not too tight.

Step 9: Replace the handle

Place the handle over the Stem & screw back into place.

Step 10: Turn the water on

Push or turn your angle stop (shut off valve) to turn the water supply back on. Test the faucet and check for drips.

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