How to Repair a Faucet with Leaking Water

A sink and faucet.
What You'll Need
Teflon tape

Leaking faucets can be extremely annoying problems which you will have to deal with quickly. A leaking faucet can be extremely frustrating and annoying because it makes a continuous noise. If the problem occurs under the sink, then there are quite a few different things that you can do to repair the problem and stop the leaking faucet from being so annoying. If a leaking faucet isn't caught early enough it can actually cause a lot of damage which can be extremely expensive. It's essential that you repair the leaking faucets as quickly as possible.

Step 1 - Identify the Source of the Leak

To start, you need to identify the cause of the leak under the sink. There are two different types of pipes which are under your sink, these are used to carry fresh water and also get rid of wastewater. Make sure that you find out which pipes are causing the leak. If the problem is actually caused by a leak caused by the faucet under the sink, then this is where you will need to concentrate your efforts.

To check that the drain pipes are okay you will need to fill the sink until it is almost full. Then dry all the pipes using an old towel. Keep on checking for leaks and try to identify the cause. It is probably caused by the fresh water pipes and the leak will generally be where they connect onto the faucet.

Step 2 - Prepare

You will need to shut off the water so that you can safely work on the plumbing. If there are shut-off valves for that specific run of pipe then use this. If not, you will need to use the master shut off valve which could be located anywhere. Once the water is shut off open the faucets to allow all of the water to drain out. Make sure that there isn't any water in your pipes before starting work.

Step 3 - Look for the Leak

Now you have identified that the leak is caused by the faucet under the sink you will need to try and find out why it is leaking. There could be a crack in the pipes, the connection might not be good, or the valve might have gone.

Step 4 - Tighten Nuts

Sometimes the only problem is the nuts under the sink have become loose. You might just need to tighten these nuts using a wrench. Once you do this you might be able to fix and resolve the leak.

Step 5 - Take More Drastic Measures

If this doesn't work then you will need to undo the nuts under the sink. Use a basin wrench to loosen and undo these nuts. If you need to buy a replacement hose to connect the pipes then you will need to ensure you're choosing the right type.

Step 6 - Deal with Leaking Shut-offs

If your shut off valve leaks then turn off the water at the main shutoff valve and then undo the shut off valve and replace it. Sometimes these shutoff valves will wear out because they are getting too old.

By following these steps you will repair your faucet in no time.