How To Fix A Leaky Faucet

It's easy to find and fix common leaks in your home.

Need to fix a leaky faucet? It’s a smart idea to fix leaks around the home, even small ones. A slow leak from a faucet can contribute to nearly 3,000 gallons of water each year. That’s the equivalent of nearly 180 showers! The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that nearly 10% of homes have water leaks, contributing to nearly 1 trillion gallons of water each year. Many of the leaks are obvious, like a dripping faucet or running toilet. It’s important to take care of these leaks so you can save water, and money, each month. Read our tips for saving water here.

How to fix a leaky faucet

  1. Turn off the faucet’s water supply
  2. Cover the drain to avoid losing pieces
  3. Remove the decorative cap
  4. Unscrew and remove the handle
  5. Remove the valve stem assembly
  6. Remove the worn rubber washer. On brass valve stems, this is screwed to the bottom
  7. Replace with new washer
  8. Reassemble the handle

How to replace the aerator

Changing the aerator can reduce water consumption by 30% or more. When replacing the aerator, make sure you replace the old one with a new one of the same size. Flow rates can be as low as 0.5 gallons per minute.

  1. Unscrew the old aerator
  2. Screw on the new aerator

aerator sink faucet

Fix your faucet leaks and enjoy a lower water bill!

Anne Reagan

Anne Reagan

Editor-In-Chief, With a background in furniture and antiques, Anne has spent the last several years writing about home improvement and interior design. An avid traveler, she loves to collect pieces that tell a story and in her off hours she can be found hunting for vintage furniture and textiles.

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  • schmendric

    The video showed the easy-to-remove type faucet handle. There are a lot of fancy-type handles that require a different approach. That is what concerns me.