Do you have a faucet that is constantly dripping water? If so, don't let this faucet waste water and cause your water bill to go up. Fixing a dripping faucet is something you are able to do on your own if you follow these tips.
Shutting off the water is essential for repairing a dripping faucet. There should be a valve underneath the sink that will shut off the water going to that specific faucet. If one does not exist, then you'll need to use your home's main shut off for water.
Next, be sure you have Phillips and flathead screwdrivers, crescent wrenches, and Teflon tape on hand.
The first thing you should do is determine which side of the faucet is giving you problems. Use the water shut off valves to turn off the cold and hot water one at a time, and see if that solves the problem. If so, you can pinpoint which part of the faucet needs repair.
Next, remove the faucet's cap using a flathead screwdriver. It should reveal a screw that is holding the entire faucet assembly together. You'll need a Phillips head screwdriver to disconnect the assembly. Keep the cap and screw in a place where you won't lose is.
You'll now have access to each valve body. Crescent wrenches can be used to unscrew the faucet valve body, which will expose the washer underneath. Look at the water to verify that it is damaged. Cracks in the washer could easily be what is causing the leaking. Take the washer to your local home improvement store to match it up with a replacement washer.
With the new washer in place, you can start assembling the faucet again. Use the Teflon tape over parts that screw in, which will help form a water tight seal. Put the faucet's valve body back on, and use the crescent wrench to secure it in place. Don't over tighten it, or you could damage the washer you just replaced. The handle will go back onto the valve, secured back in place again using the screw you removed earlier. Once again, avoid over tightening the screw. The cap should then snap back on the faucet. Turn the water back on, and test the faucet to see if it is dripping.
If you need help doing this repair, always know that you can call a local plumber to assist.