Is your leaking faucet drip drip driving you crazy? 

A faucet that won’t turn off is a nasty problem that can lead to water damage and flooding. Nip it in the bud by considering these 4 easy steps to stop the drip in this article.

To stop a faucet that won’t turn off start by shutting off the water. You should then replace the handle, washer, and handle seat.

Is the water faucet in your home leaking? Are you ready to put an end to this pesky problem? Then check out 4 simple steps that will help you solve this issue in the upcoming section of this article.

How to Turn Off Your Water Faucet

Your water faucet always turned off perfectly well, until one day when it decided to give up the ghost. Now it drips water and even allows water to stream down the side of the faucet. What could be the problem? If your water faucet won’t turn off the likelihood is that one of the parts in it needs replacing. Once you’ve replaced them, it should stop the water like it always did. 

So how should you get started? Coming up is a list of 4 steps that will help you to turn off your water faucet. To accompany these steps, make sure you have all the necessary tools to hand.

You may need:

  • New faucet handles
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Philips screwdriver
  • Wrench
  • New washer
  • Seat wrench
  • New handle seat

It won’t hurt to have a couple of old towels to hand too. Once you’ve got your tools ready, meet me at step one. 

Step #1 Shut Off the Water

The first thing you should do before attempting to make any adjustments to your water faucet is to turn off the water. If you don’t you could soon be facing a much larger flooding issue in your home!

You can turn off the water by locating the shut-off valve below the sink. You can usually turn this off with your hands, but if it’s particularly stiff you might need to use a wrench. 

If you cannot find it, turn off the water to your home. You might find this valve by your back door or somewhere near your home but in your backyard. You should ensure that the water is completely off to the faucet before you begin. You can do this by fully opening the faucet and checking that water does not continue to drip from it. 

Once you’re sure the water is off, you can continue to the next step.

Turn off the water using the valve under the sink

Step #2 Replace the Handle

Does your faucet’s handle twist around and around without ever sitting in place? Then this could indicate that the handle is stripped or cracked. A handle that is stripped or cracked will no longer be able to tighten over the valve and shut off the water. 

To fix this problem, you will have to replace your old water faucet handle with a new one. Here are all the steps you’ll need to get this job done. 

  1. Turn off the water
  2. Pop off the handle caps with a flat-head screwdriver
  3. Use a screwdriver to unscrew the handles from the cartridge. You might need to use a wrench to pry the old handle off of the faucet. This is especially the case if your faucet handle is old or if it has corroded. 
  4. Place the new handles on and tighten them using a screwdriver
  5. Pop the caps back on

NOTE: Finding a replacement handle for your faucet might not be as straightforward as you would like it to be. If the faucet handle is old, you might find that replacing the whole thing is easier than looking for parts. 

Replace the faucet handles with new ones

Step #3 Replace the Washer

Inside your faucet is a rubber washer. That washer seals off the water when you turn the faucet handle. If your faucet’s handle is still working well but it leaks water then a worn-out washer could be to blame. It is only natural for these washers to wear out after a lot of opening and closing of the faucet.

To replace the washer, do the following:

  1. Turn off the water supply
  2. Pop off the handle caps with a flat-head screwdriver
  3. Take off the faucet’s handle. You can use a screwdriver for this job.
  4. Unscrew the packing nut with a wrench. If the valve has a cover on it, remove that too. 
  5. Remove the valve stem from the base of the valve. Some of these are dead easy to pull off, and others you will have to twist and tease off. You will then see the washer exposed.
  6. Remove the washer
  7. Replace the washer with a new one. (Make sure that the new washer is the same size as the old one).
  8. Reverse the steps to replace the faucet’s handle

NOTE: When replacing the washer, you need to replace it with one that is the same size as the old washer. If your washer is in very poor condition, you might not be able to tell what size it is. To get around this problem, measure the size of and observe the shape of the valve seed. If the valve seed’s opening is slanted, make sure your washer is too.

Do you fancy following along with these steps as they’re shown on screen? Then make sure you check out this handy tutorial video. It will provide you with all the tips you need to help you replace a washer.

Step #4 Replace the Handle Seat

What if you have tried replacing the washer and the faucet handle but you’re still having problems with a dripping faucet? Then you might need to replace the handle seat. 

What’s the handle seat? It’s the part of the faucet that helps the handle turn. This part of the mechanism can wear out after a lot of turning. When it wears out, the tap will drip and drip and no amount of tightening will stop it. 

To put an end to this dripping nightmare, you will need to remove the old handle seat and replace it with a new one. Make sure you have a new one to hand and then take a look at the following steps that will help you with the swap.

  1. Turn off the water supply
  2. Pop off the handle caps with a flat-head screwdriver
  3. Use a screwdriver to unscrew the handles from the cartridge. You might need to use a wrench to pry the old handle off of the faucet. This is especially the case if your faucet handle is old or if it has corroded.
  4. Remove the handles
  5. Push the seat wrench into the handle seat
  6. Turn the wrench counterclockwise until you can pull the seat out
  7. Put the new handle seat onto the end of the seat wrench
  8. Turn the seat wrench clockwise until the seat wrench locks into place
  9. Replace the faucet handle and turn the water supply back on

NOTE: Not all handle seats are removable. If yours isn’t you will have to replace the entire faucet.

Do you fancy following along with these steps as they’re shown on screen? Then make sure you check out this handy tutorial video. It will provide you with all the tips you need to replace a handle seat. 

Conclusion

Is your water faucet drip, drip, dripping non-stop? Then wring out the old rags and put away the buckets you’ve been using to catch the water, as it’s time to get the problem solved. 

Thanks to this article, you’ve seen 4 simple steps that will help you to stop a faucet leak. It’s even shown you which parts of the faucet you’ll need to replace. I’m sure these tips have helped you to fix your troubled faucet. 

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Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

Cheers,

Craig