Here’s how I fixed my leaking kitchen faucet and you can too

Is your faucet leaking again? Are you tired of hearing the non-stop sound of drop splattering on the floor? Well, then it is time to get your tools out and fix the leaking kitchen faucet yourself. If you prolong this moment, you will only end up losing more water and soon enough it will turn into an even bigger problem. Not sure how to proceed with it?

Just follow these simple steps and your kitchen faucet will be fixed in no time. It took me about 45 minutes to do so with 0 plumbing experience and shouldn’t take you any longer either. In case it’s past the point of the fixture, you can find the best faucets for 2017 at

Tools I used:

  • Adjustable wrench or C-wrench
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Penetrating oil, like WD-40/CRC
  • Replacement washers and O-rings

Steps to follow

  • The first step would be to turn off the water supply to your faucet to ensure that the water doesn’t spill out when you are trying to fix the faucet. All you have to do it just twist the handles which are connected to the water supply beneath the sink in the clockwise direction to shut it off.
  • Empty your sink of any residual water by using a sink plug or a rag as you don’t want the residual water to fall down and interrupt your work.
  • Figure out which type of Faucet do you own. There can be various types of kitchen faucets installed in your kitchen and determining which type of faucet you have is important. If you own a compression faucet, you will notice it on sight with its two screw handles, one each for hot and cold water respectively. Other types of faucets will have a single swiveling arm which would be used to get both cold and hot water. But if you have other types of faucets, you might need to dismantle the faucet before you can determine which type of faucet it is because other faucets have different internal mechanisms. For example, ball faucets contain a ball bearing while cartridge faucets contain a cartridge with a decorative cap and ceramic-disk faucet contains a ceramic cylinder.
  • Now remove the handle of the faucet and remove the decorative cap if necessary.
  • Once you have removed the handle, time to unscrew the nut beneath the handle with the help of the wrench. Then you will find a stem underneath it which lies on an O-ring which in turn lies on a seat washer. The most likely reason for your faucet leaking is that this rubber seat washer has been worn out and needs to be replaced.
  • Once the nut has been unscrewed, you need to pull out the step. This will allow you to take a better look at the O-ring and the seat washer. In case the dripping was from the faucet handle, then you will need to replace the O-ring as well.
  • Unscrew the upside-down screw from the seat washer to remove it and keep it aside. Once you have removed the old seat washer, time to install a new one in its place. So make sure you buy a seat washer of the correct size for the replacement and use plumber’s grease before installing it.
  • Once all this is done and you have successfully installed the new seat washer, reassemble all the parts of the faucet and test its working now. If there are no leakages anymore, then your work is done and you can finally relax now.