How to Fix a Leaky Faucet (with Pictures) - wikiHow
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The annoying drip of a leaky faucet can cause higher water bills and irritation. Fortunately, it's easy to fix yourself if you can identify the type of faucet and get the necessary tools for the job. Why pay a plumber when you can fix a leaky faucet yourself? To fix leaks on the four most common types of faucet, follow these instructions.
To fix a leaky faucet, first turn off the water to your faucet by twisting the valve under the sink. If there’s no valve, turn off the water supply for your whole house. Turn the faucet on to empty any water in the pipes, and plug the drain so nothing falls down it while you’re working. If there’s a set screw behind the faucet handle, use an Allen wrench to remove it, then take the handle off. Alternatively, if there’s a top screw cover on the handle, pry it off with a flathead screwdriver, then loosen the screw beneath it and remove the handle. With the handle off, use a wrench to loosen and remove the nut in the handle assembly. Pull the handle cartridge up and out of the sink. Use a cloth to wipe down all of the loose parts and the area around the handle. If the O-ring looks old or damaged, replace it. Get a matching replacement for the old cartridge, then insert the new cartridge back into the sink. Now tighten the nut back into place with the wrench and reattach the handle. Finally, turn the water back on and check that your faucet is no longer leaking. If you need to learn how to fix a compression or cartridge faucet, keep reading!
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