How to Fix a Leaky Faucet

While a faucet leak may seem like a minor issue that doesn’t require immediate attention, it can cause costly and extensive damage if left alone. A small faucet leak wastes up to three gallons of water in just one day, so for your water bill and home’s sake, be sure to fix the drip immediately. Fortunately, a leaky faucet can be remedied with a simple DIY fix. Handyman Connection of Santa Clarita Valley shares ways to repair different faucet types.


Rotary Ball Faucet

The water flow in this type of faucet is controlled by a rotating hollow ball. If water is leaking near the base of the handle, you can fix it by removing the handle and tightening the adjusting ring. If the leak comes from the end of the spout, simply replace the seats and the springs.

Reassemble it by dropping the springs in the recesses and pressing the rubber seats over the top. Align the ball with the pin in the socket and align the lug on the plastic cam then set it over the ball. Tighten the cap with the adjusting ring with a slip-joint plier, then turn the water on and check for leaks.

Cartridge-Style Faucet

Most homes feature a cartridge-style faucet. To stop drips near the spout, remove the cartridge and replace the O-rings on it or replace the entire cartridge. It takes considerable force to pull a cartridge out, and in some cases, you would have to use a cartridge-pulling tool. Afterward, reassemble your faucet in reverse order. Pull the stem up first then insert the cartridge. Be sure to twist the cartridge to line it up exactly for the brass retainer clip. Then use the plastic spanner cap to rotate it. Slide the clips into the slots in the valve to hold the cartridge in place. See a small notch on the top of the stem? Rotate the stem until the notch faces you and install and re-attach the remaining parts.

Ceramic Disk Faucet

These valves are another type of cartridge, so repairing them should be simple enough. As the name suggests, discs inside the cartridge are responsible for the water flow. This type of valve is highly durable and rarely needs repairs. Leaks usually stem from faulty rubber seals or cracked discs. To the untrained eye, it can be difficult to notice a cracked disk, so the first thing you should do is replace the seal and reassemble the faucet. If the leak persists, remove the disk and order a replacement.

Repairing a faucet doesn’t have to be hard; with the right equipment you can have it fixed in no time. When doing repairs, it’s important to follow the steps carefully, as mistakes can lead to bigger problems. To ensure the quality and success of your project, you can turn to our experts at Handyman Connection of Santa Clarita Valley. Our crew has the necessary tools and expertise to guarantee a quality repair. Contact us to request an estimate today.

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