Leaky Faucet Repair: 10 Tips to Stop Drips

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When the drip won’t stop, tackle the leaky faucet repair on your own to save money. There are two basic types of faucets. One is known as a washer type, also known as a compression. The other is washerless. Either type of faucet is susceptible to leaks. Here’s what to do when it happens at your house.

1. Faulty washers are often the culprit. Washers may be replaced, but still not fit properly to stop the drip. The best long-term preventive solution is to buy a washerless faucet.

2. Close the faucet tighter to stop the leak temporarily until you are ready to fix it. This may require a wrench or a screwdriver.

3. You can stop the sound of dripping water by tying a long string around the end of the faucet. The water will drip on the string and run down silently. This obviously isn’t a solution to the problem, but can offer temporary aid if the leaky faucet is in a hotel room or at a rental.

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4. For a washer type faucet, examine the stem. If the threads are badly corroded, replace it. If it’s dirty, then clean it.

5. Look at the washer, if it is flat or has a groove worn in it, replace it.

6. Replace the brass screw if it’s damaged.

7. Any faucet that requires a frequent washer replacement has a damaged washer seat. Either reface the seat with a seat dressing tool or replace it.


8. Install the correct type of washer. Preferably use a swiveling washer.

9. Put silicon grease or petroleum jelly on the threads of the stem to lubricate faucet action.

10. If the leak is around the stem and not the spigot, install new packing or O-rings.