Have you found a puddle underneath your sink or are you being kept up by the incessant dripping from your bathroom sink? We have broken down how to repair the most common issue for a leaky bathroom faucet here in 5 easy steps.

Step 1: Turn off the water either at the valves under the sink. If you find that water is still coming through the faucet after the sink valves have been turned off, you’ll need to turn off the main line to the entire home.

Step 2: With a flat-head screwdriver, remove the handles of the faucet, unscrew the tiny screw which mounts the handle to the stem allowing you to remove the handle with ease. If it still will not come off, apply a small amount of WD-40 and try again to remove it.

Step 3: With your crescent wrench, loosen each packing nut and remove the stem. Depending on the manufacture of your faucet, it may either pop off or it may twist off from the valve. Inspect all removed parts and replace them if you see any signs of damage.

Step 4: If everything is intact, you will want to inspect the washer and O-ring inside the valve seat, these are often the reason for a leak. While you have everything off, you should replace the washer inside the seat since these can often deteriorate over time. It is important to make sure that the O-ring and washer are an exact fit. If you are unsure, you can take your existing parts to a home improvement store for guidance or buy a package with various sizes until you have the exact fit.

Step 5: With the replacements completed, you will want to reassemble all the parts turn the water back on and slowly turn the handle to see if your repair has been a success.

If you are unsure and would like one of our trained plumbers to come to take a look, give us a call today at (410) 265-8833. We are your local Baltimore, MD plumbing experts and we are ready to serve you!

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