Fix a Leaky Indoor Faucet
Watch this step-by-step video to learn how to fix a leaky indoor faucet.
How to fix a leaky indoor faucet
Nearly all faucet leaks are caused by a worn rubber washer at the bottom of the faucet. Repairing this leak can be completed in less than 30 minutes.
- Close the water shut-off valves that are located under the sink. Once the valves have been turned off, turn on the faucet to drain the remaining water.
- Plug your drain so you don’t lose any parts down the sink.
- Carefully remove the decorative cap (if your handle has one) by either unscrewing it or using a flathead screwdriver or sharp knife.
- Undo the screw holding the handle in place with a screwdriver and remove the handle.
- Remove the packing nut with a wrench by turning it counter-clockwise.
- Slide out the valve stem and washer assembly.
- Unscrew the brass screw that holds the washer in place.
- Remove the old washer and replace it with a new one. Make sure you replace it with the correct washer; otherwise you might still have a leak.
- To reassemble your faucet, put the valve stem back into the housing unit, securing it with the packing nut.
- Put the handle back on and tighten the screw to hold it in place.
- Put the decorative cap back on and open the water valves.
- Turn on the faucet - your leak is fixed.