Tutorials On Tap: Fix A Leaky Faucet

Tutorials on Tap: Fix a Leaky Faucet

Money down the drain

A few drips may seem harmless, but if your faucet is leaking all day, every day, that’s money—and water—going down the drain. Even a small drip can waste as much as 170 gallons of water each day, or 5,000 gallons per month. By putting a priority on conservation and preventing water waste, you can lower your water bill, while protecting our precious natural resource.

Luckily for you, it’s easy to fix a leaky faucet. Check out these simple steps for fixing a dripping faucet inside your home. If your faucet is still leaking, reach out to a plumber for assistance.

Fix A Leaky Faucet
Fix A Leaky Faucet
Fix A Leaky Faucet
Fix A Leaky Faucet

How to fix a leaky faucet:

  1. Shut off water
  2. Remove the handle
  3. Remove the packing and stem nuts
  4. Unscrew the stem
  5. Inspect stem threads; replace if needed
  6. Replace the handle
  7. Turn water back on
  8. Check for leaks

SAWS is here to help

Having the ability to make simple repairs to your faucets and pipes by yourself is more convenient and will save you money. If it’s not a faucet, then it may be a toilet leak. Next time a leak issue pops up, check out our Do-It-Yourself Repairs. We encourage you to go a step further and install high-efficiency showerheads and faucet aerators, which could save 10,000 to 25,000 gallons per year for a family of four.