How to Fix a Leaking Kitchen Tap

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How to Fix a Leaking Kitchen Tap
Stop that annoying drip by troubleshooting it yourself first. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

A leaking kitchen faucet can be an annoyance if the dripping is making an irritating noise, but it can also cost you money if the water is leaking out at a significant rate. You could call a plumber to help you with the problem, but you could try to fix it first on your own with a few simple steps. Except for a replacement washer, you probably have the necessary tools on hand.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Replacement washer, disc mechanism or cartridge (depending on faucet type)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn off the water supply to the faucet. It is usually located under the sink and will look like a wheel or level that you turn.

  2. 2

    Turn on the kitchen sink faucet to allow any remaining water to drain out of the faucet.

  3. 3

    Plug the sink or lay a towel in the basin to catch any parts that fall as you disassemble the faucet.

  4. 4

    Locate the screw that holds the faucet head in place. If you don't see the screw, it might be hidden under a decorative cap. Unscrew the faucet and remove it. Disassemble the faucet head, using the adjustable wrench if needed. Look for the washer, disc mechanism or cartridge.

  5. 5

    Replace the washer, disc mechanism or cartridge with a new one. Reassemble the valve and then the faucet in the reverse direction of how you took it apart. Screw the faucet back in place.

  6. 6

    Turn the water back on under the sink and then turn on the faucet. Turn it off again and check to make sure the leak is repaired.

Tips and warnings

  • If you can't identify the exact type of replacement part you need, take the faucet head to your local hardware or home improvement store and ask for assistance.

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