If you have a leaky bathroom faucet, you will want to repair the problem as quickly as possible. The longer you wait, the more expensive the repairs can get. There is a simple do it yourself fix for your bathroom faucet repair problem.
There are many things that can cause a leaky faucet. These include a loose nut, worn out washer or gasket, or the wrong size washer in the faucet. You may decide that replacing the whole faucet is needed. There are many different types of bathroom faucets on the market today, however they all have the same basic setup, so doing your own bathroom faucet repair can be done quickly and easily. Assessing where the leak is coming from is the first step to repairing that annoying leak.
If the water is leaking out from the base of the handle, most likely you just have a loose connection. Grab an adjustable wrench and simply tighten the offending nut. Some of the more decorative bathroom faucets may have the nut hidden underneath the handle, so you will have to remove this to reach the nut.
Bathroom faucet washers can get worn out or be the wrong size, causing them to leak. A sign that this is your problem is the leak dripping or running out of the handle itself. This water can begin to pool behind the faucet as well. You will need some tools before you repair a worn washer. These include a few different sized washers, an adjustable wrench, and a screwdriver. Turn off the water supply. This valve is located under the sink. Remove the faucet handle and then pull out the valve unit. You will need to twist the unit to get it out. The washer will be located at the bottom of this unit. Using your screwdriver release the screw that is holding the worn washer and replace it with a new washer of the same shape and size. This is why you have a few different sized washers before you start. Once you have found the correct sized washer, replace it and screw into place. Now that the washer has been replaced, you can put the valve unit back into its spot and tighten it back down. Put the handle back on, make sure you tighten everything back up and then turn the water back on.
Check for any more leaking. If you are certain the washer is the problem and you still have a leak, repeat the steps above but replace the washer with one of a different size.
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