You don’t have to ignore that leaking faucet in your bathroom or kitchen. All of that wasted water adds up, and the solution can be simple for the occasional DIY Homeowner.

A leaking faucet can cause all kinds of issues. Water may pool under your sink, or annoying dripping sounds might keep you up at night. The leaky faucet can be a nuisance and it can turn into a full-blown problem if it’s not addressed immediately. Fortunately, putting a stop to a leaky faucet and be surprisingly simple and inexpensive. 

Here are a few tips on how to make that happen:

  • Make sure the water supply is turned off before any wrench or screwdriver is applied to your fixture.
  • Remove the decorative parts of the handle knobs. Unscrew the screws that mount the handle to the stem, then gently remove the handle with your flat head screwdriver.
  • After you loosen the packing nut, you should notice the stem. Remove that. Some stems pop right off, while others twist off with the valve. Now check the removed parts for any damage.
  • Next, inspect the O-ring and washer inside the valve seat as this could be the reason for your leak. Remove the washer and put a replacement inside the seat. It’s very important to make sure that the replacement washer and O-rings are intact and fit well.
  •  Lastly, carefully reassemble all the parts in this order – washer/O-ring, stem, packing nut, screw, and handle.

If after all your hard work you noticed that the Fossett is still dripping, then the cause may be corrosion in your valve seat. If your troubleshooting leads to any other area or certain complications occur, it might be time to call a professional plumber. But I’m sure your DIY project went well and the leak has ceased.

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