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How to Fix a Leaky Faucet

How to Fix a Leaky Faucet

A leaky faucet is one of the most common problems homeowners face. Homeowners deal with leaky taps every now and again. It may not seem like a big deal, but if left unaddressed, it can lead to a bigger, costlier problem. Plus, it wastes a huge amount of water. According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, failure to address the leak can waste about 10,000 gallons of water a year. Unfortunately, it is one of the most ignored problems.

Fixing a leaky faucet is an easy and straightforward process. Follow the steps below and address this problem once and for all.

Turn off the water supply to the faucet

Before you get started, you first need to turn off the water supply to the faucet. Check under the sink. Here, you will find the shutoff valves. Turn the valve clockwise to shut off the water to your sink.

Disassemble the faucet

Pry off the decorative handles from the faucet. Then, remove the screws that hold the washer. Have a designate place to lay out all the parts. Also close the sink drain or cover it with a rag. Nothing is more frustrating than finding out that one of the screws went down the drain.

Inspect the faucet parts

Determine the source of the problem. Take a look at the cap and adjusting ring. If this is where the water is coming from, then we advise that you tighten the adjusting ring. Also, check the o-ring to see if needs to be replaced. If the water seems to be dripping from the spout, you may need to replace the washer or valve seat. Make sure that you replace the worn part with something identical.

Consider replacing the faucet if it is damaged, there is extensive corrosion or leaks from multiple areas. Faucets deteriorate with age. If it has been in use for more than 10 years, now would be the best time to replace it with a new one.

Put the faucet back together

Carefully reassemble the faucet. Make sure all the parts and screws are there. Once you’re done, turn the water back on and turn the faucet handle gently to check if the leak is gone.

Fixing a leaky faucet may seem like an easy task. But if haven’t done this before or if you’re not confident that you can get it done, call in the professionals at High 5 Plumbing instead. We have the skills and knowledge to get the job done quickly and efficiently.