A faucet that develops a persistent drip is usually caused by damaged or worn parts that you can easily replace yourself. Here’s a simple step-by-step guide.
- Turn off the water supply to the faucet.
- Use a flathead screwdriver to gently pry off any decorative handle knobs.
- Remove the handle screws and handles.
- Use a wrench to loosen the packing nut and remove the stem, o-ring and washer situated in the faucet’s valve seat. Check each of these parts for damage or wear.
- Clear buildup and debris from the valve seat.
- Reassemble the faucet, swapping any faulty parts with new, identical replacements.
If you find that the faucet still drips or leaks, contact a licensed plumber to diagnose the underlying issue.