Whether the constant dripping noise irritates you to no end or the thought of all that wasted water, and money along with it, is driving you insane a leaky faucet should be addressed. You don’t need to hire a plumber though, there are some easy DIY tricks you can utilize to fix your leaky sink faucet with simple tools you already have around your home and less than $5 worth of hardware.
The first thing you’re going to want to do is examine your sink and see what size everything is. The cause of a leak almost always either a broken O-ring or a loose washer. Determine if your sink has one of both of these and then head to your hardware store for a replacement (you can bring the old one in and it makes it a snap to find a new one), if you’re not sure where to find these keep reading as we cover taking your faucet apart to replace these parts. You’re also going to want to have an adjustable wrench, a flat head and a phillips screwdriver and a can of lubricant such as WD-40 on hand for the job.
Now that you have your replacement hardware and tools handy please make sure to turn off the water to your sink or things can go very badly very quickly! Underneath your sink there should be a valve you can turn to cut off water to your faucet. Now you’re ready to put on your replacement hardware.
Use your flat head screwdriver to pry or pop off the handle on your sink if you have decorative handles. This is how most older sinks are done, some newer ones you unscrew the handle by twisting it once its in the fully off or on position.
With your handles removed you will now want to remove the stems that they were attached to. This is where your adjustable wrench comes in; just unscrew them until they can be pulled off.
Your sink is now fully disassembled and you should have a clear view of the hardware underneath. If your O-rings look corroded, damaged or just gunky replace them. If your washer seems to be loose or damaged replace it as well. Put everything back together in the order you removed and your job is done.
You have completed a do-it-yourself fix for your leaky faucet and it only took you a couple of minutes and few bucks.