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How to Repair Leaky Kitchen Faucets

 

A leaking faucet usually means there's a broken, corroded or loose mechanism within the faucet. To stop the irritating dripping, and the waste it causes, disassemble the faucet step by step and fix the leak without the prohibitive cost of calling a plumber.
 
Instructions
 
1. Shut off the water to the leaking faucet. Under your sink you will find a small valve attached to the pipes, which you should turn to shut off the water to the faucet. If this valve is not present, shut the water off at the main source for your home.
 
2. Place a towel in the sink. You are about to work with small screws and materials that could easily fall down the plughole. Either use a towel to cover the plughole and place the small pieces on that, or keep them safely aside after disassembling.
 
3. Remove the faucet handle. The screw holding the faucet handle is sometimes hidden under a cap, which is usually decorated in the style of the sink. You can use a screwdriver to loosen this cap and gain access to the exposed faucet.
 
4. Check the open faucet for any imperfections. The most common cause of a leaky faucet is old gaskets or o-rings, an old washer or corroded valve seats. If any of these parts look worn, you should buy replacements from a hardware store.
 
5. Replace the worn parts. There is a diagram of a disassembled faucet in Resources so you can see what every part looks like, and the order in which they are fitted.
 
6. Reassemble the faucet mechanism.
 
7. Turn on the water. Turn the valve again to open the water supply to the faucet. Thoroughly check the faucet for any signs that it may be leaking.

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