For all those who may not be aware, faucets are valves that control the release of liquid or gas. A leaky faucet can cause inconvenience to you with its constant dripping sound, wastage of water and result in high water bills. Such a problem can create many social and environmental issues if not taken care of immediately. Fortunately, with the right tools and guidelines, you can fix this issue yourself, if the damage isn’t too severe.Tools you will need:
-Adjustable wrench; C wrench
-Replacement washers and O-rings
Before you start to make use of your tools, it is important to make sure to turn off the water supply from the main pipeline, to avoid excess leakage. Also, it is crucial to determine what type of faucet it is. There are different types of faucets that are constructed differently, such as:
- Compression faucet: has two handles, one for hot and one for cold water. They are easy to identify
- Ball faucet: contains a ball bearing
- Cartridge faucet: contains a cartridge, which is covered by a decorative handle
- Ceramic-disk faucet: contains a ceramic cylinder
Once you are sure of what type of faucet it is, you can follow these simple steps to stop the dripping. If not permanently, at least a temporary fix is better than the constant dripping. However, after fixing the faucet temporarily, immediately contact a professional plumber to fix the problem permanently.
Remove each part step by step
- Start with the decorative handle, which covers the screw that mounts the handle. You may want to use the penetrating oil to safely remove the handle.
- From there, use the wrench to loosen the packing nut, which will reveal the stem. The stem usually pops right off, but in some cases it needs to be twisted off from the valve. Inspect the parts you just removed for any damages.
- If everything is intact, check the O-ring and washers inside the valve seat. Most probably, these could be the reason for the drip. While replacing the washer or the O-ring, ensure the replacements are exactly the same, in terms of shape and size.
- Finally, reassemble all the parts, exactly how you had dismantled them (washer/O-ring, stem, packing nut, screw that mounts the handle and finally the handle itself). Make sure you have tightened the screws properly, while reassembling. Then, turn on the water supply from the main pipeline, and gently turn on the tap to ensure the flow of water is proper and adequate.
If the leakage has stopped, you’ve done a good job! On the other hand, if the leaking still continues, it is best that you call a professional plumber. The causes of the leakage can be much more serious, and to avoid further damage, get it checked by a professional. It may cost you a little extra, but the professional will ensure quality work that will benefit you in the long run.