How to Stop Your Bathroom Faucet From Dripping

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A simple bathroom faucet repair can save you money and benefit the environment as well. Since a leaking faucet wastes more water than you may realize, a quick repair is important. Follow these easy steps to fix your leaking bathroom faucet.

Step 1 - Determine Faucet Type

There are two standard faucet types: compression faucets and washerless faucets. Compression faucets are the older, two handle style. Washerless faucets use a single handle or lever to control water flow. They may be disc, ball, valve, or cartridge faucets.

Step 2 - Prepare the Space and Tools

Before beginning the bathroom faucet repair, plug the sink so that you won’t lose any parts. Tape the wrenches you’ll be using so that you don’t mar the surface of any fixtures when you take them apart. Make sure to keep track of any pieces and take them with you to the hardware or home improvement store. There are many different kinds of faucets. You need to get the exact replacement types. Close the water shutoff valve.

Step 3 - Remove Faucet Handle

Generally speaking, the leaking compression faucet handle is a result of a corroded “O” ring, rubber gasket, twine, or the packing nut that holds the packing. A leaking spout is usually the result of a leaking washer or valve seat. While the faucet is apart, replace them. A valve faucet could be leaking as the result of a corroded “O” ring, bad cartridge, or seals.