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How to Fix a Dripping Faucet

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How to Fix a Dripping Faucet

On the totem pole of “Annoying Household Issues” a dripping faucet ranks pretty high. Some people can’t sleep when confronted with the sound of dripping water, and the potential for higher water bills can cause anyone to lose sleep. While they are a frustrating problem for homeowners – and a problem most all of us will inevitably face – there are a number of quick fixes for a dripping faucet.


The most common repair for a dripping faucet is replacing the gasket. In this article, we’ll give you instructions on how to do just that.

  1. 1.Supplies

    There’s nothing better than having the right tools for the job! Make sure you have the following before you start:


    Adjustable Crescent Wrench – You could also use pliers for this job, but a crescent wrench is recommended.

    Access to a nearby hardware store – Hardware store employees will be able to match your old gasket’s size and sell you the correctly-sized new one.

    Cleaning Supplies – A brush (like an old toothbrush or similar) and some general bathroom cleaning supplies should suffice.

  2. Some people can’t sleep when confronted with the sound of dripping water, and the potential for higher water bills can cause anyone to lose sleep.
  3. 2.Turn Off Water to the Faucet

    You will first want to shut off the water to your faucet. The water valve for sinks are usually located underneath the basin, while some valves are located on a pipeline between a sink and a toilet, or near a toilet. Turning the water off will make it much easier to get the old gasket.

  4. 3.Get to that Gasket!

    Once you have shut off the water to your sink, remove the head of your faucet to gain access to the gasket. You can use your adjustable crescent wrench to do this – and in some cases you can do this using your hands.


    NOTE* The “head” of the faucet is the last piece of the faucet – where water comes out. The head is typically a metal ring, with a rubber ring on the inside of it known as the “gasket.”


    After removing the head, get ahold of the gasket and inspect it for wear and tear. Additionally, inspect the newly exposed areas of the faucet head for dirt, grime, blockages and damage. Using your cleaning supplies and brush, you can clean the faucet head to allow for better sealing with your soon-to-be-acquired new gasket.

  5. 4.Off to the Hardware Store

    Take your old gasket to your local hardware store, and get it matched in size and shape with a new one. There are plenty of sizes for faucet gaskets, and helpful employees will know which one you need and get it for you in no time.

  6. 5.New Gasket, Meet Faucet

    You can now apply the new gasket to your faucet head, making sure that the rubber ring lays flat and is not folding or buckling in any particular direction. An even washer/gasket means no more drips!


    Now fasten the faucet head back on using your hands to line up the threads, and taking the crescent wrench to tighten it up nice and snug.


    Turn the water back on to your faucet, and turn the faucet on for 30 seconds before turning the faucet off. Repeat this 2 to 3 times to ensure there are no drips and that the gasket has been applied properly. No more drips? Outstanding! You can now enjoy your sleep in peace.


    If the problem continues, then it may be time to call on a pro. Use Pro Referral to get your faucet repaired right.

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