How to Repair a Leaky Faucet

Many homeowners complain about leaky faucets. This is a common problem that often has an easy fix. Usually a faucet leaks because the components wear out. If you want to replace your worn out washers, seals and O-Rings, here is how.

With a compression faucet, follow these steps:

  • Remove decorative cap and remove the handle screw to pull off the handle
  • Remove the packing nut, unscrew the stem and replace the seat washer
  • Remove the stem from the packing nut and replace the O-Ring

On the other hand, with a ball-type faucet, you’re going to need a replacement kit with all-new parts. Remove the handle, cap and collar and remove the faucet cam. Next, remove the inlet seals and springs, cut the O-rings and roll on the new ones. You can install new valve seats, springs and cam washers during the reassemble.