Got a leaky faucet? Not sure how to stop it? If you have a leaky faucet, it’s important to have it fixed, not just for the sake of reducing your monthly bill, but also to help conserve water. If you’re determined to try and stop that leak yourself, here are some steps to assist you.
Prepare the Area
Before you begin addressing the leak, make sure to prepare the area surrounding it so that nothing gets damaged. Then, turn off the water by turning off the valve underneath the sink in a clockwise direction. Place a rag or stopper in the drain so that nothing falls down and blocks the pipe.
Determining Your Faucet Type
There are four different types of faucets, and each has its own unique workings that can affect how to stop a leak. You can figure out what type you have by researching it online or comparing yours to models at your local hardware store. Once you’ve determined yours, here’s what to do for each:
First, remove the handle of the faucet and the nut that is located under the handle. You’ll have to replace the seat washer with a new one that’s been coated in plumber’s grease. Pull out the stem to access the washer. Then place the O-ring on, put the handle back in place and it should be fixed.
This style can require a little more work. You can pick up a replacement kit at a hardware store that has what you need for the repair. Start by removing the handle and then the cap and collar. The kit will contain a special tool to remove the faucet cam. Once it’s off, use a needle-nose pliers to remove the inlet seals and springs. Take the items from your kit – the O-ring, springs, valve seats and cam washers – and install each. Place the handle back on and it should be fixed.
After you’ve removed the handle, remove the retaining clip if there is one and then remove the faucet. Replace the O-rings, greasing them beforehand. Place handle back on and it should be fixed.
Remove the faucet by removing the escutcheon cap first. Then you’ll need to access the neoprene seals by removing the disk cylinder. Take a look at the seals. If they look frayed or worn out, then you’ll need to replace them. If they look okay then soak them in some white vinegar for several hours to remove any build up. Put everything back in place and it should be fixed. Turn water on slowly to test it out.
Ignoring a leaky faucet can equate to a lot of wasted water, and it can cost you a lot over time on your monthly bills. You can try and tackle your leak on your own by following these steps. But if the faucet is over several years old, it might be worth replacing it. Instead of dealing with the leak yourself, you can just call us to take care of it for you. Whether the problem is minor or more serious, we will send out a qualified professional plumber to take care of all your plumbing needs.