How to Fix a Dripping Faucet


A leaky kitchen or bathroom faucet is annoying. There’s no argument about how frustrating it is to hear a faucet make a continuous “drip . . .drip . . . drip” noise. The good news is the you don’t have to live with this problem. In fact, leaky faucet issues are one of the easiest plumbing repairs to make.

The repair method depends on the kind of faucet you have. Faucets are available in the following four types:

  • Ball
  • Cartridge
  • Ceramic disk
  • Compression

Whether you attempt to make the repairs or you call a plumber in Lakewood, here are three things to looks for when repairing a leaky faucet.

A Broken Washer

The first thing you need to know is that only compression faucets have washers. However, they’re one of the most common reasons these kinds of faucet develop leaks. You have a compression faucet if your faucet has two handles, one for hot and one for cold. Washers can corrode over time and allow water to escape. If you have a compression faucet, try replacing each of the washers in each handle.

Broken O-ring

Compression and cartridge faucets have O-rings. These rings are in place to act as a waterproof seal. Once these rings loosen or become damaged, the seal breaks and dripping starts. Fixing an O-ring isn’t difficult, but make sure you buy the right size. If you buy a part that’s even slightly bigger or smaller than the original, you’ll end up with a continuing problem.

Damaged Cartridges

Cartridge handles may have one or two handles. They’re easily recognizable and distinguishable from other faucets because they’re easier to operate. Moving the handle is smoother than ball or compression faucet handles. When a cartridge faucet drips, the recommended repair is to replace the entire cartridge valve within the faucet. This isn’t a huge job that doesn’t cost much to fix. Most replacement cartridges are around $15 in the store.

Although faucet repair isn’t a big plumbing repair, if you don’t feel like fixing a leaky bathroom or kitchen faucet, let us handle the job for you. It’s never a bad idea to call a local plumber when you’re not sure about your DIY plumbing skills. My Lakewood Plumber Hero is available for plumbing service in Lakewood and surrounding areas 24/7. Call us when you need us and we’ll be there in a jiffy!

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