How To Fix A Leaky Bathroom Faucet
Figuring out how to fix a leaky bathroom faucet can be a necessity for both renters and homeowners. A leaky bathroom faucet can run up water bills or even electric bills if you have a pump and well water.
To fix a leaky bathroom faucet, you will need:
- Adjustable wrench
- Plumbers tape
- Screwdrivers both slotted and Phillips
- Sand paper or steel wool
- Work light or flashlight
- Rubber o-rings
- Turn off the water. Shut off the water supply at the closest shut off valve. This should be located under the bathroom sink or in the basement directly under the bathroom. Once the water is turned off open the faucets and allow the water to drain. When the water has drained plug the drain. You don’t want to have to tear the drain apart looking for a screw or washer.
- Take the faucet apart. To fix a leaky bathroom faucet you need to take the decorative cap off of the handle. This will allow you to see the inside parts. Take the screw out to remove the handle. You may need to use the WD-40 if the screw is rusted or if the handle won’t come off.
- Remove the parts. After you take the handle off of your leaky bathroom faucet remove the rest of the parts. Place them in the order they come out so you know how to put them back in.
- Replace the parts. Once you have all of the old parts of the leaky bathroom faucet removed you want to start putting them back. Replace any washers or o-rings with the new ones you purchased. Put the handle back on, tighten the screw, and replace the decorative cap.
- Test it out. Unplug the drain and turn the water back on at the shut off valve. Run both the hot and cold water then shut them off. Watch for leaks.