Water is a precious resource. It’s also a pain when we manage to waste it. And many of us do occasionally waste as much as 2 or even 5 gallons each day because of a leaky faucet.

Having a leaky faucet is frustrating, especially if it is within earshot in the kitchen. It’s even more frustrating if you do not know how to fix it. A leaky faucet wastes water, but that waste can add up to a lot of money over time.

But what do you do when that once-easy to use tap becomes a leaky nuisance? It’s easy enough to turn the water off—but how do you fix a leaky faucet?

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The solution to saving water can be simple for even the occasional do-it-yourselfer.

As recommended by our expert Plumbers @ Riviera Plumbing :

What you will need to fix is:-

  • Adjustable spanner or pipe grips
  • Cloth or rag
  • Slotted screwdriver
  • Replacement washer, O-ring or ceramic disc cartridge


Before attempting to repair a leaky tap, first identify the type of tap you are working with. There are three basic kinds of taps for kitchen and bathroom sinks: a mixer tap that controls both hot and cold water flowing through the same spout—this is common in new construction; a separate lever for hot water and another for cold water—common in older construction; or a single lever that controls the flow of both hot and cold water—the most common design currently.

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Follow the Below steps to fix a leaky or dripping faucet all by yourself:-

★ Step 1: 

Don’t make a bad situation worse by attempting to fix your broken faucet. Before you begin to work on the fixture, make sure that the water supply is turned off at both the handle over the sink and at the valve underneath that controls water flowing in from the mainline.

★ Step 2:

Unscrew the decorative handles from your faucet stems. Use a flat head screwdriver to pry them off. Then, unscrew the screws that hold each handle on and take the handles off with a flat head screwdriver. Using penetrating oil can make this process easier, as it will soften up the assembly so you can remove it easily.

★ Step 3:

Loosen the packing nut with your wrench. Once you have done that, you should see the stem which needs to be removed as well. Some stems pop right off, while others twist off from the valve – depending on the faucet. Inspect the removed parts for any damage.

★ Step 4:

If everything else looks good so far, inspect the O-ring and washer inside the valve seat. They could be the cause of your leak. Remove the old washer and replace it with a new one.

If you’re not sure about the proper replacement washer and O-ring, check the seat to see if the sides fit a cone-shaped or flat washer. Purchase the appropriate type, you may take your old O-ring to your local hardware store to verify its size. Our suggestion is to buy a package including many different sizes of O-rings—sometimes it’s worth the extra few bucks.

★ Step 5:

For a leak-free faucet, thoroughly clean the parts, reassemble in the order washer/O-ring, stem, packing nut, screw, and handle. Slowly turn the knob while monitoring water flow to ensure that no leaks occur.

If you notice that the leaky faucet is still dripping, then corrosion in your valve seat may be causing the problem. If corrosion is not cleaned over time, it can produce leaks near the spout. Other potential problems include worn-out seals, loose parts, or even broken plumbing.

If your troubleshooting leads to these areas, or if other sudden complications occur, then let our commercial and residential plumbing services specialists help you to repair leaky taps and pipes and blocked sewers.

The number one goal of our company is to make sure that your plumbing system is working properly. We can help you with estimates, leaky taps and pipes, drainage issues, blocked sewers and much more. Whether it’s a flood in your bathroom or the toilet overflowing in the middle of the night – we’ll be there!

Hire us today!

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