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Handyman’s Guide to Fixing a Leaky Faucet

A leaky faucet is not only incredibly annoying to all that hear it, but it can also lead to increased utility costs. Fortunately, fixing a leaky faucet is easier than you might anticipate, and you can complete the task at a very low cost. This review highlights the steps you can take to repair a faucet that is leaking. 

How to fix a leaky faucet

Most leaky faucets occur because the cartridge or seal is broken or not properly secured. You can fix or replace the cartridge by following the six-step process that is laid out below. If this process does not resolve the concern, you may need to call a professional. 

Shut off the water

The first thing you will need to do is shut off the faucet. There should be a valve underneath your sink. Locate the valve and turn it to the off position. There may be some water that remains in the line. Turn the faucet on and let any remaining water drain out into the sink. Once the water is completely drained, you can move on to step two. 

Remove the handle

The next step is to remove the handle. For this step, you will likely need a screwdriver. The type of screwdriver you need depends on the type of sink. Loose any screws that hold the sink in place and pull the handle away. Be sure to not get anything stuck in the opening as it could make it more challenging to reapply the handle. 

Remove the cartridge

You will then need to remove the cartridge. This piece is likely the source for your leaky faucet. You should be able to remove the nut that holds the cartridge in place with a crescent wrench. Once it is removed, set it to the side. You should then be able to pull the cartridge out. Inspect the cartridge for any damage. If there is damage, you will need to replace it with a new one. 

Replace the cartridge

Most notably, ensure you match the size of the new cartridge with the old one. Be sure to clean out the area where the cartridge is placed thoroughly as well to avoid an improper fit. You can then replace the old cartridge with the new one. Attach the nut or bolt that holds the cartridge in place securely after placing the new cartridge. 

Reapply the faucet

Lastly, you will need to reapply the faucet. This should go in place the same as it came off, and you can secure it by reattaching the screws that hold it in place. The sink should be ready to use once the faucet is reapplied.

Test the faucet

Lastly, you can test the faucet to ensure it works properly. Turn the water back on and slowly increase the water pressure that comes through the faucet. Use both hot and cold water to unclog any debris. Once you turn the water off, there should not be a leak. If there is, then you may need to consult with a plumber.

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