Indoor Faucet Leaks

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. Plug your drain so you don’t lose any parts down the sink.
  3. Carefully remove the decorative cap (if your handle has one) by either unscrewing it or using a flathead screwdriver or sharp knife.
  4. Undo the screw holding the handle in place with a screwdriver and remove the handle.
  5. Remove the packing nut with a wrench by turning it counter-clockwise.
  6. Slide out the valve stem and washer assembly.
  7. Unscrew the brass screw that holds the washer in place.
  8. 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.
  9. To reassemble your faucet, put the valve stem back into the housing unit, securing it with the packing nut.
  10. Put the handle back on and tighten the screw to hold it in place.
  11. Put the decorative cap back on and open the water valves.
  12. Turn on the faucet – your leak is fixed.

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