Leaky kitchen faucet ?



very small leak kitchen hot faucet ?

  12 answers
  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Oct 16, 2021

    it could be the washer that needs replacing or just tightening here is info to help you



  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 16, 2021

    1. Bad O-Ring

    Got a leaky cartridge faucet? A cartridge is a valve that controls the flow of water into the faucet spout. One problem that occurs in cartridge faucets is a loose or worn-out O-ring. This is the small disc that's attached to the stem screw that holds the handle of the faucet in place. If your sink handle is leaking, this is the likely cause.

    2. Worn-Out Cartridge

    A leak in a cartridge faucet could also be due to the cartridge itself, which may need to be replaced. You'll need to make sure you have a matching replacement cartridge to swap it with.

    3. Corroded Valve Seat

    If the leak appears to be originating from the spout, it could be an issue with the valve seat, which connects the faucet and the spout. A buildup of water sediments can corrode the valve seat, causing a leak. You can avoid this by regularly cleaning the valve seat, generally with the help of a pro.

    4. Worn-Out Washers

    Another common cause of spout leakage is problems with the washer that rests against the valve seat. Over time, the friction between these two parts can cause the washer to wear out. Faucet leaks can also occur if the washer is installed incorrectly or is the wrong size. This mainly occurs in compression faucets.

    5. Worn-Out Seals

    Much like the valve seats, inlet and outlet seals can become corroded by the accumulation of water sediments.

    6. Water Pressure

    If the faucet only tends to drip during certain times of the day, or when you move the handles a certain way, your home’s water pressure could be the culprit.

    7. Loose Parts

    The adjusting ring and packing nuts in the stream screw can become loose over time, causing your sink handle to start leaking. Tightening the packing nut or replacing it will usually do the trick to fix the leaky faucet.

  • Betsy Betsy on Oct 16, 2021

    Hi Leo: Not too hard to fix at all. Here are a couple sites that should help and, what I do to keep me from pulling my hair out :)



    Two important things to do, shut the water off from the pipes that go to the faucet is to let the faucet run until it stops, then, close the stopper on the drain and put a wash cloth over that so that you don't lose anything down the drain. Then, when you are disassembling the faucet, get a hand towel, and a nickle. Lay the towel out flat and when you take something off, lay it on the towel. The first thing should be at the upper left, and everything after that should go to the right, just like you took it off. Get your phone out and take a picture of the washer just like you took it off, i.e., the narrow end down or up or whatever. A picture will remind you of how it came off. Then, take everything else off until it's empty. Use a rag to clean out the area and get all of the water out. Then, take the washer and put it in your pocket. Put the nickel where the washer was so you know which part it goes on after. Take the washer to the hardware or home improvement store, match it up and start to put the faucet back together, starting with the last piece you took off. When you get to the washer, look at the picture on your phone because you know you forgot which end goes down:) Snug everything down, not too tight, just snug, turn on the water and see if anything squirts out. If not, then turn on the tap and check for leaks. You can do this, I have faith in you!

    Good luck

  • Try replacing the washer. It's a simple fix and may take care of the problem.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Oct 16, 2021

    I would check the washer and the seals, especially since you reference hot water. It could be on that side only but I would go ahead and replace all.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Oct 16, 2021

    The usual cause of this is the washer has worn out. What you could do is shut off the water and open the faucets in the sink to let it drain out of the system. Take a picture of your faucet assembly to Home Depot or Lowes and they can guide you as of what to buy to fix this problem.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 16, 2021

    Could be you need to change the washer!

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Oct 18, 2021

    Could have a loose washer. I’d still call a plumber to be sure!!

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Oct 18, 2021

    If water is pooling around the stem of the faucet, you most likely need to replace the O-ring or tighten the packing nut. If the leak is coming from the spout, there's most likely a problem with the faucet handle. ... The rubber seals can wear out over time, so replacing them can usually remedy a dripping faucet.Apr

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Oct 20, 2021

    Could you take the knob off and tighten the screw on the hot that should help

  • Annie Annie on Oct 21, 2021

    Check the washer first; often that's the problem and is a super cheap fix