Everyone should know how to fix a leaky faucet at home. Because, not only is that dripping noise one of the most irritating sounds known to all who walk this earth. But, if your kitchen or bathroom faucet is leaking from the spout or handle, it’s also a complete waste of water and money.
Whether it’s a mixer faucet, monobloc or basin faucet pair that you’re working with, this is one of the easiest home repairs to identify and DIY yourself. Learn how to repair a dripping faucet quickly, before you have to call out a plumber with our step-by-step below – complete with some pro tips from the experts of the plumbing world.
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What type of faucet do you have?
Before attempting to use these steps to fix a leaky faucet, first identify the type of faucet you are working with as this may help you work out what the problem is.
Most household kitchen and bathroom sinks will have one of the following types of faucet: a mixer faucet from which you can control the water temperature using both handles for hot and cold, a traditional basin faucet pair which has two separate faucets (one for hot and one for cold) or a monobloc faucet where you control the temperature and the flow of water through one lever.
What causes a faucet to drip?
Generally speaking, if a faucet handle is leaking it will be the O-ring that needs replacing and if it’s the spout, it’s the washer.
Different types of faucets usually leak for different reasons. If you have a traditional faucet, the main cause…