Plumbing Tips – How to Fix a Leaky Faucet On Your Own

Drip drip drip. Your faucet is leaking and when you absolutely have no clue what to do, you should recognize it is time to call the plumber. Wait, not so fast, you might be able to fix it yourself and also save a good amount of money in the process. You might tell yourself that you haven’t the first clue how to do that so to find out how, read on to master a useful plumbing skill.
More often than not, when the problem can be attributed to a leaky faucet, one can rightfully assume it is caused by a worn or damaged rubber washer. If you’re reading this, this scenario may sound familiar to you: You first notice an occasional drip, so you make a little extra effort at tightening the faucet to make it stop. That works for a little while but over time, you find yourself having to tighten it with increasing force until one day the dripping continues no matter what. Kitchen Sink Partially Clogged This is due to the rubber washer deteriorating over time and losing its ability to seal off the flow of water. Keep in mind that it is a bad habit to over tighten your faucet handle(s) in general as it can potentially cause further damage. Ideally, the faucet should be able to be shut leak-free with a normal amount of force. As soon as you notice you have to keep tightening more and more, you’ll soon realize this is no longer the case and it is time to replace the washer.
The first thing you want to do before you do any work with plumbing, is to make sure the water source is shut off to prevent a scene that looked like it came straight from a movie. As is usually the case for kitchen or bathroom sinks, the shutoff valve is usually located underneath the sink. Bath tubs might be a bit trickier to find and depending on how your home is designed it can be located behind a panel, in the basement, or inside a crawlspace. If you know where your home’s main water supply valve is you can shut it off there instead, potentially eliminating the need for unnecessary and time-consuming detective work.
Faucet handles usually have a removable cap, and if you take the time to examine underneath the cap, one will find a screw. Remove the screw, and the handle should be able to be removed and taken off the stem. At the bottom of the stem is where you will find the washer. Remove it but do not throw it away, as you will most likely need to bring it with you to the hardware store to locate a suitable replacement.
Be careful to keep all parts and pieces in order as you take things apart, otherwise trying to put everything back together later on will prove to be more complicated than necessary. Also, closing or blocking off the drain will also help prevent small pieces from falling in which you would want to avoid for obvious reasons. Once you are done fixing the problem, place the stem back on and reassemble the handle correctly, taking care not to Repair Copper Pipe With Compression Fittings over-tighten. Now, carefully replace the cap then turn the applicable water valve(s) back on to get the water flowing and be watchful of any water spraying out. Test the faucet to make sure it actually works properly and for any potential hidden leaks, saving you the hassle of doing this all over again. One will be pleasantly surprised after going through this simple procedure, the problem of the annoying leaky faucet should be solved.

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