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DIY: How to Fix Your Faucet Leak in 4 Steps

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Are you tired of that annoying drip-drip-drip from the leaking sink faucet? Don’t worry; you don’t have to call a Ventura plumber or spend a fortune on repairs. All you need is a few tools and a bit of know-how. This easy-to-follow DIY guide outlines four simple steps for faucet leak repair.

Not only will you save money, but you’ll also gain the satisfaction of knowing that you fixed the problem yourself. So grab your tools, put on your DIY hat, and get ready to tackle this task head-on. You’ll be surprised how quickly and easily you can fix your faucet leak!

Gather the Tools and Materials You Need

Before starting the repair, you’ll need to gather a few tools and materials. This will make the job much easier and ensure you get everything important.

Here are the stuff you should gather before starting the repair: 

  • A wrench or pliers if your faucet has a hex nut or is close to the wall 
  • A set of screwdrivers or a faucet repair kit 
  • Specific parts for your faucet
  • A bucket or a bowl to catch any excess water
  • A rag for cleaning up any drips or spills

And now, on with the steps.

Step 1: Turn Off the Water Supply

As with any plumbing repair that involves the water connections, you’ll need to turn off the water supply at the main water valve before getting started. This will prevent leaks from ruining your floor, cabinets, and furniture. If you have an outdoor faucet leak, turn off the indoor valve and vice versa. 

Put a bowl or bucket under the faucet to catch any water left over when it drips out. To access the faucet’s interior, remove the handle. The escutcheon plate, which surrounds the faucet and covers its interior, can be removed with a screwdriver. The hex nut or screw holding the faucet in place can be removed using a wrench or pliers.

Step 2: Remove and Replace the Diverter

The diverter is the part inside the faucet that lets you switch between normal flow (on the faucet) and spray mode (on the shower head). If your diverter is faulty, that’s likely the source of your leak. You’ll need to remove and replace it before reinstalling the faucet. Use a screwdriver to remove the screw in the middle of the diverter. Carefully pull the diverter out of the faucet body. If you’re replacing a faulty diverter, you’ll want to buy a new one of the same make and model.

Step 3: Reinstall the Faucet

Before you reinstall the faucet, make sure that everything is clean. If you’re replacing a faulty part, make sure you thoroughly clean the inside of the faucet body to prevent future leaks. Once everything is nice and spotless, you can reinstall the faucet. Don’t forget to reattach the escutcheon plate and the hex nut or screw that keeps the faucet in place.

Step 4: Turn the Water Supply Back On

Once you’ve installed the faucet and tightened everything up, turn the water back on to check for leaks. Once you’ve fixed the leak, clean up any mess the broken faucet may have caused. Wipe down your cabinets, floor, and anything else nearby that may have gotten dirty from the leak.

Some Faucet Leak Troubleshooting Tips

  • If you’ve replaced the diverter, but the faucet is still leaking, the problem may be in the joint. If this is the case, you’ll need to replace it.
  • If you’ve replaced the diverter and still need help to stop the leaking, the problem may be that the water needs to go back (or be diverted) into the faucet or the showerhead. In this case, you’ll need to replace the spout.
  • If you’ve replaced the diverter and the spout, but the faucet is still leaking, the problem may be in the faucet body. In this case, you’ll need to replace the faucet body or, better yet, call a professional plumbing service near your area.

Here are a few other ways to prevent future leaks.

  • Clean your faucet regularly to prevent mineral buildup
  • Use a water-saver device to reduce water usage 
  • Repair any leaks as soon as possible to avoid permanent damage
  • Replace worn-out parts and fixtures 
  • Switch to a low-flow faucet when the old one needs to be replaced

If your faucet is still under warranty, contact the manufacturer to see if they can do the repairs for you. This will save you time and money!


Fixing a simple faucet leak is a quick and easy DIY project you can do at home. It doesn’t cost much, and the materials you need are readily available. With determination and a few simple tools, you can easily fix your faucet in the four easy steps above. Once the job is done, you can sit back and relax, knowing that your home leak repair is complete and your faucet is good as new.

But if you think the problem is too much to handle, you can always rely on a professional residential plumbing provider like Hansen’s Plumbing. We have been helping people fix their leaky faucets for years, so you can trust us to get the job done right.

Don’t let a simple leaky faucet stop you from relaxing at home. Call us today, and we’ll come to visit your home and fix your leaking faucet in no time!

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