Sounds of the water should be relaxing but when it’s coming from your sink faucet, the sound can become a nightmare. Those little drops can cause water damage, an increase in your water bill and even worse a plumber’s bill. There is hope! Put on your cape and Fix it yourself.
- 1. Turn off the water – This step is mandatory. Under the sink there will be a handle to turn off the water supply. Lefty loosey tighty righty.
- 2. Unscrew Handles- Using a flat head screw driver take off the caps of the handles. Under that you will find a screw. Take those screws off. Put these screws safely away from the sink to avoid any accidents.
- 3. Remove the neck (stem)- this is where the water comes out.
- 4. O-ring-You will see a rubber ring. This is called an O ring. Remove this also. Inspect to see if this is intact. This can be found at a local hardware store. Generally the water will leak from the handles if this O-ring is not correct.
- 5. Removing the Washer- Under this will be a thick metal ring. There will be a screw that needs to be unscrewed to release this ring. In most cases this is the troublemaker piece. Local hardware stores have these for less than a dollar. Be sure to bring this piece because they vary in sizes.
- 6. Plumbers Friend- Be sure to buy plumber’s grease when at the hardware store. The pieces need to be lubed before placing back together.
- 7. Putting it all back. After putting the new washer, screw tightly. Be sure not to strip the screw. Lefty loosey, tighty righty. Now place the O ring back in immediately after place the neck back in. Make sure this is secure. Tightly screw handles back and replace any decorative handle covers that were removed.
- 8. Turn on the water you have just fixed a leaky faucet all by yourself! There is nothing that is impossible for you to complete!