"Drip. Drip. Drip." Does that noise sound too familiar? A leaky faucet can be quite annoying, and it also wastes water, driving up the water bill. The good news is that in most cases, you can fix a leaky, two-handled faucet yourself.
How to fix it
- Look underneath the sink to locate the cold and hot water shutoff valves. Turn these to the closed position, and then turn the faucet on to drain out the last drops of water.
- Use a screwdriver or an Allen wrench (depending on what fits your faucet) to remove the faucet handle. Lift it off, and set it aside.
- Take a look at the rubber washer, which should be revealed after you remove the faucet handle. If this washer looks damaged or loose, it is probably the source of your leaks. Remove it by simply lifting it off of the faucet setup, and take it to your local home improvement store to find a replacement of the same size. Put the new washer back in place, put your faucet back together, and turn the water back on to verify you've fixed your leak.
- If the rubber washer is not to blame, the problem might be with the seat washer, which is a metal piece that sits below the rubber washer. Remove the rubber washer, set it aside, and then unscrew the seat washer. It may look pitted and worn – these are signs that it is the cause of your leaks. The easiest solution is to take it to the store and buy a new seat washer. Put the new washer in place, put the rubber washer back on, and then continue re-assembling the faucet before turning the water back on.
- Repeat this process with the second handle.
- If the faucet is still leaking even after you replace the rubber washer and/or the seat washer, then the issue may be that some of the larger parts of your faucet, like the handle itself, have become pitted or bent. There's really no way to fix this issue short of replacing the entire faucet. However, you can do this with the knowledge that you've tried other cheaper solutions first.
If the idea of fixing a leaky faucet sounds too difficult or time-consuming, you can hire a plumber to do this for you. The task is pretty simple and should take less than an hour for an experienced plumber.Share