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5 Steps on how to fix a leaky faucet

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Step 1: First things first… 

Before doing any work, make sure your water supply is turned off. That means everything from the handles over the sink to the knobs underneath that control the water coming in from the main line.

Step 2:

Remove any decorative parts of the handle knobs. You can simply use a flat head screwdriver to pry the knob off. Underneath each knob, there will be a screw that mounts the handle to stem. Unscrew, then gently remove the handle with your screwdriver. You may need to use penetrating oil to loosen the handle off the stem.

Step 3:

Using a wrench, loosen the packing nut. From there you should notice the stem. Remove that as well. Depending on the faucet, some stems pop right off, while others twist off from the valve. Check the removed parts for any damage.

Step 4:

If everything looks intact, inspect the O-ring and washer inside the valve seat. That could also be another reason for your leak. Remove the washer put a replacement on the seat if the washer seems to be worn.
When buying replacement washers and O-rings, make sure to purchase the right fit. There are different fits such as cone-shaped or flat washer.

Step 5:

From here, carefully reassemble all the parts (in order of washer/O-ring, stem, packing nut, screw, and handle.) Slowly turn the knob to test the running water and check to see if the leak has been fixed.
 And voila! You’ve now fixed your leaky faucet. If you’re still struggling to get to grips with it, our qualified technicians are always available to help.


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