A leaky faucet is a common household annoyance that can waste significant water if left unfixed. The good news is that fixing a leaking faucet is usually a simple task that can be done in just a few easy steps. This tutorial will walk you through fixing leaky faucets in 5 easy steps. Plus, we’ll provide helpful tips and advice along the way. And if you need additional assistance,

Step 1: Turn Off the Water Supply

The first step in fixing a dripping faucet is to turn off the water supply. This important safety measure will prevent water from flowing while you work on the faucet. Look under the sink for the shut-off valves. Turn the water supply valve seat clockwise to close it and stop the water flow.

Step 2: Remove the Faucet Handle


There are four kinds of faucets: cartridge, compression, ceramic disk, and ball faucet type. A compression faucet relies on rubber washers to seal the valve seat, which can wear out and need to be replaced. With the other three types of faucets, the O-ring or neoprene seal causing the leak must be replaced.

The next step is to remove the handle. Depending on the type of faucet, the handle may be held in place with a set screw or a small cap. A ceramic disk faucet, for example, requires removing the escutcheon cap to access the disk cylinder. If there is a set screw, use an Allen wrench to remove it. If there is a cap, gently pry it off with a flat-head screwdriver. Once the set screw or cap is removed, you should be able to pull the handle off the faucet.

Step 3: Replace the O-Ring and Washer

The most common cause of a leaky cartridge faucet is a worn-out O-ring or seat washer. To replace these parts, first, remove the screw that holds the rubber washer and O-rings in place. Then, replace the old washer and O-ring with new ones. Be sure to take the old parts with you to the local hardware store to ensure that you get the right size replacements.

Step 4: Reassemble the Faucet

After you have replaced the O-ring and washer, reassemble the faucet by following the steps you took to disassemble it. Tighten the screw that holds the washer and O-ring in place and replace the faucet handles. Reach into the faucet body with needle-nose pliers and remove the rubber seats and springs. If your faucet has a decorative cap, snap it back into place.

Step 5: Turn on the Water Supply and Test the Faucet

Turn On Watr Supply

The final step in fixing a leaky faucet is to turn on the water supply and test the faucet. Like with ball faucets and compression faucets, you should ensure the new parts are compatible with the tap.

Turn the shut-off valves back on and turn the handle to the on position. Check for leaks or drips. If the faucet is still leaking, you may need to replace it or the entire faucet.

While this is an example of how to fix the ideal leaky faucet, it is not the only way. Many leaks can be caused by several issues that may require the help of a professional.

If you need additional assistance fixing a leaky faucet, don’t hesitate to contact The Brisbane Plumbers. Our team of experienced plumbers can diagnose and repair any plumbing issue, big or small.


Fixing a leaky faucet is a simple task that can save you money on your water bill and prevent water waste. By following the five easy steps outlined in this tutorial, you can fix a leaky faucet in no time. Always turn off the water supply before working on a faucet, and take the old replacement parts to the hardware store to ensure you get the fitting replacement kit. The Brisbane Plumbers are always here to help. For more information, visit our Emergency Plumbing pages or our homepage.