Doing your own faucet repair may seem daunting, but once you learn the basics, modern faucets are fairly easy to repair. In fact, the most challenging step to fixing a leaky faucet is usually finding the right replacement faucet parts. Don’t pay a professional to fix a leaky faucet when you can do it yourself in no time!

What causes leaks?

While several reasons cause a leaky faucet, one of the most common problems is with the O-ring. Over time, the O-ring may wear out or break. This can make your faucet drip. A stem screw is used to hold the handle of a faucet in place. The O-ring is attached to the stem screw, and it is where the leaking usually starts. Luckily, replacing a damaged O ring will fix it if this is the issue.

Similarly, a seat washer can also become worn and damaged through daily use, but can be repaired by simply replacing the plumbing parts.

With the Danco Washer Assortment, you can repair your leaky faucet in no time. Faucets usually have one or more washers to prevent water from leaking around the spout. Replacing worn-out washers and O-rings is an inexpensive alternative to replacing the entire faucet fixture.

Danco Washer Assortment is available on Amazon, Lowes, and The Home Depot.

Restore your compression faucet to like-new by following these steps.

  • To begin, shut off the water supply to your faucet. This is located beneath the sink cabinet. Look for a twistable handle along the pipes and turn clockwise to turn it off.
  • Next, use a Danco Pop-Up Sink Stopper to cover the hole in the drain. This will prevent repair materials from slipping down the drain. Our series of Pop-Up Stoppers offers more flexibility and size range to protect your drain from objects slipping down the drain and keep the water flowing when in the open position. Constructed of a non-corrosive, durable plastic in many elegant finishes like Brushed Nickel, Polished Brass, Chrome, Matte Black, and Oil-Rubbed Bronze, it is sturdy enough to last for years.
  • Remove each faucet handle by using a screwdriver to remove. It may be necessary to pry off the decorative cap to access the screw. Remove the nut using a wrench.
  • Next, pull out the stem. The stem is located on top of the O-ring.
  • Remove and replace the washer. The size of the washer will vary depending on the faucet.
  • Once the O-ring and washer have been replaced, reassemble or replace the faucet accordingly.

Pop-Up Stoppers are available on Amazon!

Replacing your faucet handles will not only help you to restore your faucet but will also provide strength and durability. In fact, we suggest adding a vintage yet modern twist to your sink décor with our Cross-Arm Handles! This custom-look handle features a cross-style design in various sleek finishes such as Brushed Nickel, Chrome, and White. The transitional design includes adapters to fit most faucets with a 1-inch diameter at the base. It features a metal construction that provides strength and durability with an overall height of 2.25 inches. Handles include interchangeable hot, cold, and arrow buttons. The kit includes everything needed to complete this easy DIY plumbing repair!

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