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Leaky faucets can not only be annoying but can also cause a spike in your electric bill. Luckily, faucet repairs are an easy DIY task that can be achieved by most amateur DIYers without having to call a professional plumber.

That’s precisely what we’re going to help you achieve by sharing our foolproof guide on faucet repair with you so you can repair any type of faucet you have with ease and precision.

1. Determine the type of faucet you have

Before you begin repairing or replacing your faucet, the first thing you need to do is determine the type of faucet you’re dealing with, so you can know which replacement faucet or parts to get.

The four main options used today include:

  • Cartridge Valved Faucet (single or double handle faucet)

  • Ball Valved Faucet (single handle faucet)

  • Compression Valved Faucet (single handle faucet)

  • Ceramic Disk Valved Faucet (single or double handle faucet)

Since they all have their unique design, we’ll walk you through the repair procedures of each of these types so you can fix or replace your faucet on your own like a pro.

2. Repairing a Cartridge Valved Faucet

The cartridge valved faucet is a commonly used type of faucet for bathrooms and kitchens. To repair this type of faucet, you’ll have to follow these few simple steps:

  • Turn off the water supply

  • Remove the decorative cap on the faucet, and the faucet handle using a screwdriver

  • Loosen and remove the retaining nut using a pipe wrench

  • Take out the old plastic cartridge using pliers

  • Replace the cartridge, secure it in place and

  • Reinstall the faucet handle

3. Repairing a Ball Valved Faucet

Ball valved faucets are the most popular faucets found on the market. The process of repairing a leaky ball valved faucet includes the following steps:

  • Turn off the water supply

  • Remove the faucet handle

  • Tighten the faucet’s collar to see if the leak stops, if not continue onto the next steps

  • Get the proper repair kit for your faucet model, which should include a new O-ring, rubber valve seats, cam, cam washer and springs

  • Remove the top cap and inspect the metal or plastic ball inside

  • Remove and check the springs or rubber O-rings to see if they’re damaged or dried out

  • Install the ball valve repair kit you purchased beforehand

  • If that doesn’t fix the leak you may need to buy a new ball as well

4. Repairing a Compression Valved Faucet

The leading cause for leaks when it comes to compression valved faucets is a worn-out washer that needs to be replaced. The repair process is simple and includes the following steps:

  • Turn off the water supply

  • Take out the faucet handle

  • Take out the valve stem assembly cover and the valve stem assembly

  • Remove the washer from the assembly and replace it with a new one

  • Reinstall the assembly and the faucet

5. Repairing a Ceramic Disk Valved Faucet

Fixing a leaky disk faucet is a simple and easy process that any experienced or amateur DIYer can handle. Here are the steps you’ll need to take to remove and replace a worn-out disc cartridge assembly and repair the leak:

  • Turn off the water supply

  • Take out the faucet handle and decorative cover

  • Take out the ceramic disc cartridge

  • Clean the O-ring, seals and rubber seal sits

  • If some of the elements are damaged replace them with new ones

  • Reattach the new and cleaned parts of the cartridge

  • Place the cartridge back into the faucet and reinstall the handle