How to Stop a Leaky Bathroom Faucet

Leaky Bathroom Faucet Reno

Learn to Stop a Leaky Bathroom Faucet with the help of Reno professionals Straight Up Plumbing.

A Leaky Bathroom Faucet Could Be Worse Than You Think

There is probably nothing worse than a leaky bathroom faucet. That constant drip drip drip while you are trying to sleep, the increased water bill, and the potential larger problem that may be lurking behind that drip drip drip! Luckily, a leaky bathroom faucet can be a fairly cheap fix. Remember though, not all faucets are the same. This procedure may or may not be applicable to your faucet.


Your water comes from either a well or the city water dept. As it leaves either location, it travels through pipes under pressure. Your bathroom pipes and other water pipes throughout your home have rubber or silicone-based washers form a water-tight seal when you shut off your faucet that stops the water from going any further through your pipes or coming out your faucet.

However, those washers take on some wear and tear from all that pressure and can become torn, dislodged, or worn out which can lead to that annoying drip drip drip. Most washers you can replace yourself as long as you have the proper tools and as long as the leak hasn’t caused the valve seat to become worn or corroded, requiring a more complicated repair that’s better left to a certified plumber.

Tools Needed For Repair

Basic tools you may need to stop a leaky bathroom faucet are:

  • Adjustable wrench; C wrench
  • Phillips and/or flat-head screwdriver
  • Penetrating oil, such as WD-40 or CRC
  • Replacement washers and O-rings

Shut Off Water Supply

Before you start attempting to correct the leaky bathroom faucet, make sure your water supply is shut off. This may be as simple as shutting off the water intake under your bathroom cabinet or sink. If you do not find a shut off valve there, you may need to shut off the main water line valve to your home.

Disassemble Handle Knobs

Depending on the type of bathroom sink you have, you may have a single water handle knob that controls both the hot and cold or dual knobs, one for hot and one for cold. If one of the knobs is leaking, it is best to replace both sets of washers so you do not find yourself having to perform the job again in short order. Follow these simple steps for disassembly:

  1. Remove decorative parts from handle knobs with a flat headed screw driver. Be careful not to crack or break them. This will expose the screw that holds the handle in place.
  2. Unscrew the screw(s) and then carefully remove the handle. You may need to use some penetrating oil to loosen them.
  3. Take the faucet handle off the stem.

Remove Packing Nuts and Stem

Use your wrench to loosen the packing nut and expose the stem. Some stems pop off while others twist off from the valve. Remove packing nut and stem. Check the removed parts for any damage and plan on replacing if damage is found before moving further.

Replace O-ring and Washer

Inspect the washer and O-ring to make sure the replacement ones are the correct size. If you are unsure, check to seat to see if the sides fit a cone-shaped or flat washer. If everything is intact at this point, inspect the O-ring and washer inside the valve seat—they could be the reason for your leak. Remove the washer and put a replacement inside the seat or take the old parts to your local hardware store to purchase the correct replacements.

Reassemble Bathroom Faucet

Now that you have all the parts you need it is time to reassemble your bathroom faucet. Carefully assemble all the parts in order – washer/O-ring, stem, packing nut, screw, and then handle. Wait to reassemble the decorative parts until after you have tested the faucet to see if your repair fixed the leaky bathroom faucet.

If your bathroom faucet is still dripping after your fix any of the following may be the cause: valve seat may be corroded, worn-out seals, loose parts, or broken plumbing. If any of these are the cause to your leaky bathroom sink, it may be best to call a professional plumber.

If you are facing plumbing problems in Reno Nevada and surrounding areas, contact the certified, licensed and bonded Straight Up Plumbing team online or call today!

Fixed Your Clogged Tub Drain With These Simple Tips

Do You Have a Clogged Tub Drain?

You’ve seen it. You finish a nice relaxing bath or shower and as you dry off you see the tub is not draining, at least not near as fast as it had in the past. You are faced with a clogged tub drain. Luckily, most clogged tub drains are near the top of the drain or in shoe below the drain basket which means an easy fix. However, deeper clogs in your tub drain will require some plumbing knowledge and plumbing tools.

Clogged Tub Drain Reno

Dealing with a clogged tub drain? Get some tips from our licensed professionals at Straight Up Plumbing.

Possible tools you will need for those deeper clogged tub drains will be:

  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • Rag
  • Plunger
  • Drain snake

Here are a couple quick fixes that can unplug your clogged tub drain:

Plunge The Clogged Tub Drain

Remove the overflow drain cover and plug the overflow drain pipe up using an old rag so no air can enter the pipe when you go to plunge the drain. Fill your tub if not already all the way drained with enough water to so the base of your plunger is covered. Then, using your plunger, plunge the clogged tub drain with several up and down plunge strokes. Between the air and water pressure, your clogged tub drain should clear. The only time where this might not be successful is if it’s a hair clog. This will usually require some plumbing knowledge because you may need to remove the basket if the hair is in abundance. Flush your drain with hot water and then remove the rag rom the overflow drain pipe and reassemble overflow stopper and the cover.

Snake The Clogged Tub Drain

If you have never used a snake before, at first you may find it a bit tricky, but once you get the hang of one it will be your go to tool for clogged tub drains. When you snake a clogged tub drain you will perform this through the overflow pipe. Remove the overflow cover and stopper assembly and then feed your drain snake into the pipe. You will feed the snake into the overflow pipe by turning the handle. Once you have the snake in part way, fill your tub about a quarter full of straight hot water. Continue to feed the snake in the pipe while turning the snakes’ handle until it stops; generally that will be where the clog is at. Continue to try to feed the snake back and forth to break the clog free and the snake works its way easily further down the overflow pipe. When the clog breaks you will notice the tub starts to drain meaning you have successfully removed the clog. Carefully pull your snake back out of the overflow pipe and then reassemble the overflow stopper and cover.

Chemical Drain Cleaners

With all chemical type drain cleaners, make sure to follow the manufactures directions closely. Note that not all will work immediately and may take more than one treatment. Make sure your area is well ventilated and do not mix other chemicals in with the drain cleaner. This can cause combustible gases and dangerous situations.

If you are facing plumbing problems in Reno Nevada, Sparks Nevada and surrounding areas, contact the certified, licensed and bonded Straight Up Plumbing team online or call today:
775-800-HELP (4357)