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  • Writer's picturePatti Plumb

How to Detect and Fix a Leaky Faucet

Updated: Jul 13, 2023

Leaky Faucet

A leaky faucet is not just an annoying sound, but it can also waste a lot of water and increase your water bill. It's essential to detect and

fix a leaky faucet as soon as possible. In this blog post, we'll discuss how to detect and fix a leaky faucet, including the tools you'll need and the steps you should take to ensure it's fixed properly.

Step 1: Gather Your Tools

Before you can start fixing your leaky faucet, you'll need to gather the necessary tools. Some of the tools you will need include:

Adjustable wrench


Allen wrench


Replacement parts - washers, seals, and O-rings.

Step 2: Turn Off the Water Supply

Once you have gathered your tools, it's time to turn off the water supply to the faucet. The water supply valve is typically located under the sink. Turn the valve clockwise to turn off the water supply.

Step 3: Disassemble the Faucet

Once the water supply is turned off, it's time to disassemble the faucet. Different types of faucets may have different ways to disassemble them. However, in general, you'll need to remove the handle and any decorative caps covering the faucet's screws. You'll then use a screwdriver or an Allen wrench to remove the screw and pull the handle off.

Step 4: Inspect the Parts and Replace Defective Ones

After disassembling the faucet, you will have access to the washers, seals, and O-rings. These parts are commonly responsible for leaks. Inspect them to see if they're damaged. If they are, replace them with new ones. You can get these replacement parts from your local hardware store or online.

Step 5: Reassemble the Faucet and Turn on the Water Supply

Once you've replaced the defective parts, it's time to reassemble the faucet. Put the handle back on, tighten the screw, and put the decorative caps back if they are present. Finally, turn the water supply back on, and check the faucet for leaks.


A leaky faucet can be frustrating, but fixing it doesn't have to be difficult. By following these steps, you'll be able to detect and fix most types of leaky faucets. Remember, if you're not comfortable with fixing the leaky faucet yourself, don't hesitate to call a professional for help. Fixing a leaky faucet can save you money on your water bill and prevents water wastage, which is good for the environment.

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