How to fix a leaky/dripping faucet

Well, now, your sink is an all star leak-fest. But wait, your faucet is not even on! What the heck?! … Breathe my friend. This is abnormally normal; if that makes any sense.

What’s happening is the failure of the faucet’s “seats and springs”, also referred to as a gasket.

Let’s talk about how to fix it:

1. First, you’ll want to  shut off the hot and cold water supply valves under your sink. Turn on the faucets to allow the left over water to drain out.

2. Next, you’ll want to remove the handle, take off the screw cover if applicable and use a screw driver to remove the screen and then pull off the handle.

3. Take a look at the cap and adjusting ring. If the faucet seems to be leaking from here, try tightening the adjusting ring with some pliers. You can use needle nose or boxed type depending on your faucet type.  As you are doing this, you’ll want to turn on the water to check if it is fixing the dripping problem. If it is not, you will need to replace the faucet’s seats and springs.

4. If tightening the adjusting ring does not help, you will need to remove the faucets seat and springs. Depending on your manufacturer, you can find videos online that will walk you through the exact process.

5. Whether you have to obtain replacement parts or you were able to tighten the adjusting ring, follow the steps backwards above to reassemble your faucet handle(s).

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