How to Fix a Leaky Faucet: A Step-by-Step Guide

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A leaky faucet is one of the most common plumbing problems that homeowners face. It not only wastes water but also adds to your water bill. If you're tired of the constant drip-drip-drip sound, it's time to fix your leaky faucet. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to do it yourself:

Turn Off The Water Supply

Before you start fixing the faucet, turn off the water supply to avoid any accidents. You can either turn off the main water supply or the valve under the sink.

Remove The Handle

Use a screwdriver to remove the handle of the faucet. You might need to pry off the decorative cap to access the screw.

Remove The Packing Nut

Once you've removed the handle, you'll see a packing nut. Use a wrench to remove it and take out the stem.

Inspect The O-ring and Washer

Check the O-ring and washer for any signs of wear and tear. If they're damaged, you'll need to replace them.

 Replace The O-ring and Washer

Take the old O-ring and washer to the hardware store to find a replacement. Install the new O-ring and washer in the same place as the old ones.

Reassemble The Faucet

Put the stem back in place and tighten the packing nut. Reattach the handle with the screw.

Turn On The Water Supply

Once you've reassembled the faucet, turn on the water supply to check if the leak is fixed.

If you're still experiencing a leaky faucet after following these steps, it's best to call in a professional plumber. Brownie's Septic & Plumbing offers expert plumbing services to fix all your plumbing problems, including leaky faucets. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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