A leaky faucet is an annoyance that most homeowners will have to face at one time or another. While you can call a plumber to fix the drip coming from your sink or faucet, there are also steps you can take to troubleshoot and fix the problem on your own.
Get Ready to Fix the Faucet
There are a few steps you should take before you actually start fixing a leaky faucet. First, locate the valve that controls the flow of water to the tap and shut it off. This is usually done by turning a handle attached to the pipe. Next, get your tools together. In most cases, a wrench and a screwdriver are sufficient. You may want to put tape around the jaws of the wrench to keep from damaging the finish on your faucet.
Find the Problem
Identifying the type of faucet you have will better allow you to fix the problem. For example, compression faucets often have a series of rubber washers that create a valve seal. In these faucets, the most common cause of leaks is a cracked or worn out washer. Cartridge faucets have an interior cartridge that helps to pump water to the tap. In these types of faucets, it is usually the cartridge that needs to be replaced.
Have a Replacement Part on Hand
Once you have identified the part that is causing the leak, make sure you have an exact replacement on hand. You can take the part in to your local hardware store and find a match, or you can consult the manual for your faucet to find a full list of the parts your faucet uses. Make sure you have an exact match and not an approximate one to ensure your faucet has as long a life as possible.
Make the Repair
Before making the repair, close the drain on your faucet and put a towel in the bottom of the sink to catch any dropped pieces. Take the faucet apart piece by piece, inspecting each element until you find the faulty one. Coat the new piece in plumber’s grease before inserting it back into the faucet. Reassemble the faucet and tighten the joints before turning the water back on.
If you aren’t sure about how to fix your faucet, or you don’t have the proper tools on hand, don’t hesitate to call our experts at Meticulous Plumbing to help fix your leak. Contact us online here or give us a call at 503-208-2812.