Leaky faucets can be annoying. Apart from it being a total waste of water, it can cause a bit of spike in the utility bills. Fortunately a leaky faucet can be immediately remedied. And for those who may not have the tools nor the courage to do a very minor repair, a quick call to the plumber, and a corresponding quick fix will get things going nicely again at home.
Home improvement website The Spruce says that to effectively fix a leaky faucet, one has to know first what has been causing it to leak. This will also dictate the tools and supplies that will be needed in fixing a leaking faucet.
“Potential Causes for a Leaky Faucet: (1) Worn out seals and O-rings; (2) Buildup on washers and valve parts; (3) Corrosion of the valve seat; (4) Loose parts. By taking apart the faucet, you can identify the problem and make the necessary repair. Follow these simple steps to stop the troublesome drip and keep your faucet from leaking.”
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Popular Mechanics says all a homeowner needs are an adjustable wrench, a flathead screwdriver, replacement washers plus some O Rings, and some WD40. In their article on leaky faucets, they provided a step-by-step instructional on how to repair a leaky faucet.
“Don’t make a mess worse by transforming your broken faucet into Old Faithful. Before applying any wrench or screwdriver to your fixture, make sure your water supply is turned off, from the handles over the sink to the knobs underneath that control the water coming in from the main line.”
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Ways to Fix a Faucet
ThisOldHouse.com also came up with advice on fixing a leaky faucet. In their write-up, they mentioned that sometimes the way to fix a faucet also depends on the type of faucet. In their comprehensive article they mentioned the four general types of faucet: (1) the compression faucet; (2) Ceramic Disk; (3) Cartridge; and the (4) Ball-type.
“A compression faucet relies on rubber washers to seal the valve seat. Rubber washers wear out and must be replaced occasionally. The other types, often called washer-less faucets, last longer but they too can develop leaks. When these cartridge, ceramic-disk or ball-type faucets leak, you can either replace the O-ring or neoprene seal that’s causing the leak or replace the entire assembly.”
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When unsure as to how to fix a leaky faucet, a quick call to the plumber is the best option.
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