Did you know that a dripping faucet can waste around 74 gallons of water a day. That doesn’t sound like much but just image 74 gallon jugs of water stacked in a room. That is how much water is being wasted every by just one faucet.
So turn off the water and follow these easy steps:
Open the faucet to relieve the water pressure
Remove the handle.
If the faucet has a metal nut holding the internal parts in place, use your channel lock pliers to tighten it. This may stop the leak.
If this doesn’t fix the leak continue on:
Pull out the internal pieces with your pliers
Replace the washers, O ring or seal. Make sure you get the correct replacement parts, or you will continue to have the same problem even though the seals and O rings have been replaced.
Make sure there are no mineral deposits on any of the metal internal parts. If there are deposits, clean with vinegar and a scrubber. Be careful not to scratch the metal.
Reassemble the faucet and turn the water back on.
Turn the water back on and test the faucet to see if the repair has worked.
Remember, there will probably be air in the line, so expect some sputtering.