How to Fix Your Squeaky Bathroom Faucet

If you have an older two-handled faucet in your bathroom that squeaks when you turn either side on or off, a simple repair will make it quiet again. If you're not the DIY type, have a local plumbing company like Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Sewer Drain Cleaning do this project for you. Otherwise, with a few simple tools, you can take care of this noisy faucet yourself.

Tools and Materials You'll Need

  • flat-blade screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • channel lock pliers
  • roll of paper towels
  • O-rings that match the old ones
  • tube of silicone lubricant

Step-By-Step Instruction to Get Rid of the Squeak

Even if only one side is squeaking, replace the O-rings on both sides so they will perform equally well.

  1. Turn off the water at the shutoff valve under the sink.
  2. Turn on both faucets to drain out any water.
  3. Close the sink drain to prevent small parts from going down the drain.
  4. Place a couple pieces of paper towel in the sink to prevent marring the surface should you drop a tool or part in the sink. Then, put paper towls on the counter next to the sink to place parts as you remove them. Line up the parts in order of the way you remove them so putting the faucet back together will be easier.
  5. Pry off the decorative cap on each faucet.
  6. Unscrew the screw under the cap and pull up on the knob or handle to remove.
  7. Remove the large nut holding the stem in the faucet.
  8. Pull the stem up and out of the faucet.
  9. The stem will have one or more O-rings that you will replace. Take one of the stems to the plumbing supply store and have them give you replacement O-rings for both stems.
  10. Once you have the new O-rings, roll off the O-rings on the stems and roll on the new ones.
  11. Place a dab of the silicone lubricant the O-rings and any part of the stem that moves. The silicone lubricant is what will keep the faucet from squeaking.
  12. Wipe out the inside of the faucet where the stem sits to remove any dirt or grit in it.
  13. Place the stem into the faucet and push down until you feel that it's seated.
  14. Place the large nut around the stem and screw it down onto the faucet to secure the stem in place.
  15. Put the knob or handle back on the stem, taking care to match the hot and cold handles, if they are so marked.
  16. Screw the handles down to secure them in place and replace the decorative caps.
  17. Turn the water on under the sink at the shutoff valves.
  18. Check for any leaks.