How to Fix a Leaky Old Fashioned Faucet

There are a few simple steps you can take to fix a dripping faucet on your own, though. First, turn off the water supply to the faucet by pulling the main shut-off valve. Then, use a wrench to turn the faucet handle counterclockwise until it becomes tight. Next, remove the aerator and clean the screen. Finally, replace the screen if it is worn or clogged.

On an older model faucet like the Victorian-style faucet, there’s a chance that you might see drips coming. Several things can cause this. Whatever the reason, it is annoying. Fixing a leaky old fashioned faucet is not a big deal, you can repair them easily and stop water from dripping.

The good thing about them is that they are very easy to fix. In this guide, I’ll show how to fix a leaking old model of faucets.

How to Fix a Leaky Old Fashioned Faucet

Why is Your Old Model Faucet Leaking?

1. Washer Problem

The washer is a rubber insert that allows the faucet to move up and down easily. This rubber insert seals in water so that it doesn’t leak out.

But over time, the washer wears out, which causes it to lose its water-sealing properties. If this happens, water will leak through the faucet.

2. Old Drain Pipes

The second reason for the faucet leaking is that the drain pipe inside your house is old. It is extremely common for older houses to have drain pipes that were installed 50 years ago without Pex fittings.

Instead of having Pex fittings, many homeowners chose to use galvanized steel or copper piping in their homes. Over time, these pipes can begin to corrode and rust. As this happens, they can start to leak or even completely break apart, requiring you to replace them entirely.

3. Defective Faucet Valve

The faucet valve is probably the cause of a sink faucet leak. The valves are the parts that turn on and off the water flow to your faucet.

They have rubber seals inside them that can wear out over time and cause leaks, which is why they need to be replaced periodically.

4. Worn Out O-ring

Another probable cause may be a worn-out O-ring. The O-ring is the rubber gasket that keeps the water from leaking out of the faucet.

The O-ring is just one part of a faucet, and it’s not as important as you might think. But if it fails on your faucet, you’ll have to replace it. If you don’t take care of the leak now, water could damage your home and cause future problems like mold growth or wood rot.

Whatever the problem causes your older model faucet to leak, it should be fixed immediately. Otherwise, you’ll face low water flow in the particular sink.

How to Stop an Old Fashioned Kitchen Faucet from Dripping?

Step 1: Turn the Water Off and Disconnect the Supply Lines

Turn the Water Off and Disconnect the Supply Lines

The first thing to do is turn off the water supply. You can do this by shutting off the main water valve. Next, disconnect the supply lines for the faucet by turning off the nuts or unscrewing them with a wrench.

This will allow you to take off the handles and remove the faucet from your sink.

Step 2: Remove the Handle and Cartridge

Remove the Handle and Cartridge

Now remove the handle and cartridge. If you have a cartridge, turn the handle counterclockwise to loosen the cartridge and pull it out.

You may need to hold the cartridge with pliers and use a wrench to loosen it. If there is no cartridge, simply unscrew the handle counterclockwise with your hands until it is completely removed from the faucet assembly.

Step 3: Remove the Screws Holding the Faucet

Remove the Screws Holding the Faucet

Use a wrench to remove any type of screw that might be holding it in place. You may have to get someone to help you hold the faucet in place while you remove it.

Step 4: Pull the Faucet Off

Pull the Faucet Off

Once the screws are removed, you should be able to pull the faucet off the sink. Using a pair of pliers and/or channel locks, push the spout forward and down to free it from the drain.

Another set of pliers may also be used to turn the supply lines that connect to the faucet. Once it is loose, you can unscrew these connections and remove them completely.

Step 5: Replace the Washer and O-ring

Replace the Washer and O-ring

To remove the O-ring, use a screwdriver to remove. Now, you can unscrew the cover plate and remove the old washer. Then, Insert the new O-ring into the groove with its rough side facing upwards. Screw the cover plate back into place and tighten it using a flathead screwdriver.

Now you can push in the new washer by pressing down on it with your thumb or finger. Make sure it is seated flush with the faucet body. Now that you have the washer seated, turn on the water and check to make sure all the connections are tight.

Step 6: Replace the Faucet Valve

Replace the Faucet Valve

If the faucet still drips, replace the valve. To start, turn off the water supply to the kitchen by turning the main valve handle to the ‘Off’ position. Then, unscrew the faucet handle by twisting it counterclockwise. Next, remove the old valve by unscrewing it from the stem.

Finally, install the new valve by screwing it on to the stem in the same direction as the old one. Make sure that you tighten it properly before turning on the water supply.

How to Fix a Leaky Old Fashioned Bathroom Faucet

Step 1: Turn off the Water Supply

Turn off the water supply to your bathroom faucet by turning the handle on the cold water supply valve. If you don’t know where the valve is, turn off the main water supply to your home.

Then, turn on the faucet and allow it to run until all of the water has drained out of the pipe. Close the stopper with a towel to prevent any parts from falling inside the cold water supply line.

Step 2: Remove the Screw

Pry off the screw cover at the base of the faucet with a screwdriver. Remove the screw that holds the faucet in place. Be careful not to drop it down the drain pipe.

Step: 3 Remove the Handle and Collars Holding the Cartridge

Remove the handle by pulling it off the faucet. You may have to twist it a little bit to get it loose from the stem. Remove the collars that hold the cartridge in place with a plier.

Step 4: Remove the Cartridge

Remove the cartridge, while noting which way it faces. You’ll need to replace it in the same direction. Separate the cartridge into its parts by pulling them apart. You probably want to get a bowl or some other container to put the parts in so you don’t lose them.

Step 5: Remove the Stem

Remove the stem, which is attached to the cartridge with your hand, or an adjustable wrench.

Step 6: Replace the Damaged Washer

Replace the old washer with a new one. Place the stem back onto the cartridge and reattach it to the faucet using collars and a screw.

Then, replace the handle by pushing it into place over the stem. Now, replace the screw cover, and you’re all done!

Step 7: Turn the Water Back on

Turn the water back on and test your faucet. It should be good as new! If you have any problems, or if the faucet starts leaking again after a while, repeat the process.


Dripping a leaky old fashioned kitchen faucet as well as bathroom faucet is the task that most homeowners will have to face at some point in their lives.

While fixing a very old dripping faucet early may be preferable, many people put off the repair until the problem becomes worse and more costly to resolve.

So, check if these quick fixes can solve the leaking problem, let me know the result.

Lisa Burks

This is Lisa Burks, the Author. I provide free informative sink and faucet guides. I hope you love your time here.

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