Leaky Faucet

Drip. Drip. Drip. It’s a sound no homeowner wants to hear, the sound of a leaky faucet. Leaky faucets are more than just a simple annoyance just like leaky pipes, they can rack up increased water bills and just be downright irritating. Fortunately, a leaky faucet is a fairly minor repair. Assuming you can identify the type of faucet and get the necessary tools, you shouldn’t have much trouble fixing the faucet yourself.

Step 1: Shutoff the Water

Check underneath the sink until you find the valve that shuts off the water to the sink. The knob will be located along the pipes that run up to the handles on the faucet.

Step 2: Plug the Drain

Plug the drain with a sink plug or a rag before you begin the repair. Losing a washer or screw down the drain will add some serious headache to your repair.

Step 3: Determine the Faucet Type

Compression Faucets – have two screw handles that individually control hot and cold settings on the faucet

Ball Faucet – Contains a ball bearing in a central swiveling arm

Cartridge Faucet – Contains a cartridge and the handle often has a decorative cap of some kind.

Ceramic-disk Faucet – Contains a ceramic cylinder

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Step 4: Remove Each Handle

To remove the handles pop off the cap and simply unscrew the handle. Simple as that.

Step 5: Remove the Nut

Underneath the sink you will find the stem, this sits on top of the O-ring and the O-ring sits on top of the seat washer. Seat washers are often made of rubber and they will wear out after awhile. This is often the fault responsible for a leaky faucet.

Step 6: Fix that Faucet

Now that you have the faucet disassembled, replace the O-rings and the seat washer and ensure that they have a tight fit. This should fix any minor leaks in the faucet!

If the faucet is still leaking, or you’d rather not deal with the headaches of fixing a faucet yourself, you can always call the expert plumbers at Paramount Plumbing Heating Cooling LLC to fix the faucet for you. Our highly skilled plumbing contractors will have your faucet back in working order in no time!

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