Fixing a Leaky Faucet

Ignoring a leaky faucet can be a costly mistake. While a dripping faucet may not seem like it is a big concern, eventually all of those wasted drops of water will add up. At Rooter-Man Plumbers, we recommend that you take immediate action if you discover a leaky faucet inside of your home.

Shut the Water Off

Turn off the water valves that lead to the sink or tub where the leaky faucet is located. Do not forget to make sure that the faucets are also turned to the off position. This will prevent your leak from becoming a messy pool of water.

Removing the Parts

Remove the knob handle from the faucet. It may be necessary to use a flathead screwdriver to pry it off. Underneath the knob is a screw. Apply a little lubricating oil to loosen the screw up. Then proceed to remove it with your flat head screwdriver. Use a wrench to remove the bolt or nut. Some faucet bolts and nuts slide off; others need to be twisted off. Once accomplishing this, remove the faucet stem as well.

Put Faucet Components Together

At this point, you should see an O-ring and washer. Many faucet leaks are the result of old and worn washers and O-rings. Inspect the O-ring, washer, nuts, bolts, and even the handle. If any of those items show any signs of wear or damage, they need to be replaced immediately. Double check the size and shape of all replacement pieces to ensure they are the right fit for your faucet. Even the slightest discrepancy in size or shape will result in a leak.

Once you have secured the proper replacement items, carefully put all of the faucet’s components back together in the opposite order of removal. Make sure that everything is tight and turn on the water supply to the area. Twist the faucet and test it out. If you discover that the leak is still present, your leaky faucet may be the cause of a serious home plumbing problem. Do not hesitate to call Rooter-Man Plumbers at 218-351-4422 for assistance.

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