How do I fix a leaky faucet?

A bathroom faucet that leaks from around the handles could be the simple result of a loose bolt or a corroded gasket. Follow the steps below to fix a leaky faucet handle.

  1. Turn off the water valve under the faucet.
  2. Stuff a towel into the drain to prevent from losing parts or screws.
  3. Pry off the handle’s top protective piece to reveal the set screw.
  4. Remove the screw and lift the handle off.
  5. Tighten the bolt assembly that’s been revealed, and reassemble the handle, turning the water back on and checking for leakage.

For more persistent leaks, you may be required to remove the bolt entirely and replace any worn or corroded gaskets. If you think you may require extra help, contact a plumber or visit the plumbing section of the nearest home improvement store for additional instruction.

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