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How to Fix a Leaky Kitchen Faucet 2 Handle

  • Alma 
Kitchen faucet with two handles.

A leaky kitchen faucet is annoying and wasteful. Did you know that each Leakey faucet is estimated to waste about 35 gallons of water a year? Living in the desert state of Utah, we also have to consider water conservation. The good news is that fixing a leaky faucet can be an easy DIY home repair project. It shouldn’t take more than an hour. This step-by-step tutorial walks you through how to fix a leaky kitchen faucet with two handles.   

Step 1: Turn  Off The Water Supply

Before starting any plumbing task, the initial action is to shut off the water source. Most faucets have valves for cold and hot water, both of which must be closed. You can find the water supply valve(s) beneath the sink. Just identify the valve(s) and close them by turning clockwise. A wrench can be used if it’s too tight to shut off with your bare hands. To confirm that the water flow has been completely stopped, turn on the faucet to check for any remaining water coming out. 


Step 2: Dissemble The Faucet handles

The most common reason a faucet starts leaking is hard water buildup on the washer or cartridge.

To begin the repairs, remove the handles. Look where the handles are being screwed down. It might be necessary to pop the molded center section off. A small flat screwdriver is sometimes helpful with this. Once found, use a screwdriver or Allen wrench to unscrew the handles. Once they’ve been unscrewed, they should be easy to remove.

After that, remove the retaining nut located beneath the handle. This nut secures the valve assembly in place. Use a wrench to loosen and remove it.

Once you’ve removed the retaining nut pull out the valve stem. This step allows you to inspect both the washer and cartridge.

Inspect The Washer

The washer is at the base of the valve stem. Carefully remove, inspect, and replace it with one of the same size and shape. You can purchase washers at the nearest hardware store.

The Cartridge or Ball

After you’ve removed the kitchen faucet handles, carefully remove the cartridge or ball. Inspect it for any signs of damage or wear. If you find any issues, replacing them with a new one is advisable. If everything appears fine, you can clean it using vinegar, which will help eliminate any mineral deposits contributing to leaks. The ball might need pliers to be extracted. Check the ball for damage; if there are any concerns, consider replacing it. If everything looks good, clean it with a vinegar solution to help eliminate mineral buildup.  


Step 3: Reassemble Everything

After cleaning or replacing everything, it’s time to assemble the handles. Follow the above steps in reverse order. When reassembling the faucet, be sure to tighten the retaining nut. Then, turn on the water supply again to check for any leaks. 


Still, Need A Plumber?

Repairing a faucet is usually an easy do-it-yourself task, but time is money, and sometimes it’s more convenient to have someone else take care of something like this. We have professional plumbers happy to come take care of it for you. Just call or send us a message.

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Alma Bradshaw

About The Author

Hello, My name is Alma Bradshaw. I'm a licensed plumber with over 20 years of experience in the industry. It's important to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest plumbing techniques, innovations, codes, and regulations. Learn more about plumbing here and feel free to comment below with any questions.

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