When it's the cause of water pooling beneath your sink, or the annoying dripping sound that keeps you up at night, a leaky faucet is a nuisance that can become a full-blown problem if not addressed properly. Luckily, putting a stop to a leaky faucet, like the compression faucet in the kitchen, could be surprisingly cheap and easy.

Tools you'll need:

  • Adjustable wrench; C wrench
  • Phillips or flat-head screwdriver
  • Penetrating oil, such as WD-40 or CRC

1: Don't create a mess worse by transforming your broken faucet into a geyser. Before applying any wrench or screwdriver for your fixture, make sure that your water source is switched off, from the handles over the sink to the knobs underneath that control the water coming from from the primary line.

2: Eliminate any decorative parts of the handle knobs. An easy prying with a flat-head screwdriver will look after that. Under each knob, there will be a screw that mounts the handle to the stem. Unscrew, then gently remove the deal with your flat-head. Using penetrating oil can help in loosening it, enabling you to take the faucet handle off the stem. From there you need to notice the stem. Eliminate that too. Depending on the tap, some stalks pop right off, but some twist off from the valve.

3: If everything is intact at this point, inspect the O-ring and washer inside the valve seat--they are the reason behind the escape. Remove the washer and set a replacement inside the seat.

4. It is essential to ensure that your replacement washers and O-rings are an specific fit. If you're unsure about either, check the seat to find out whether the sides match a cone-shaped or flat washer, and purchase the appropriate type. You may choose to select the older O-ring to the neighborhood hardware store to verify the correct size. You can also buy a package including many different sizes of O-rings--sometimes it is worth the extra few bucks.

5: Carefully reassemble all of the parts (in sequence of washer/O-ring, stem, packing nut, screw threads, and handle). Gradually and lightly turn the knob to test the running water and then check to see if you've discovered that flow.

If, after all of your hard work, you notice the faucet is still dripping, then call Mid-Town Mechanical Services for a free estimate. We service Little Rock, Benton, Bryant, Conway and outlying cities. Other potential issues are worn-out gaskets, loose parts, or, even worse, broken plumbing. If your troubleshooting leads to these areas, or if other sudden complications occur, then it could be time to call a professional plumber.