Are you being driven crazy by the steady drip of a leaky faucet? The madness that comes with the most common of plumbing problems is just one part of the issue. Your water bill can go up significantly when you are dealing with a leak, so it is important to fix the problem as soon as you notice it. Fortunately, fixing a leak that is out in the open tends to be a do-it-yourself project.
Stop Your Faucets From Leaking
You do not have to be a plumber to get a faucet leak under control. Follow these steps to keep your money from being washed down the drain.
Before You Begin
- Locate the handle under your sink that shuts the water to the faucet off. You do not want to work with a pipe that could spew water all over your kitchen or bathroom. Twist the handle clockwise to prevent water from reaching the faucet.
- Make sure that the drain in your sink is plugged up to prevent anything from falling into it while you are working on fixing the leak. A sink plug works best, but you can use an old rag for the same results.
- Observe the type of faucet that you have to ensure that you follow the correct procedure to fix a leak. Compression faucets have separate knobs for hot and cold water. All other types of faucets allow you to adjust the temperature of the water by moving a handle to the right or left.
Fixing a Compression Faucet Leak
- Take the decorative part of the handle off of the faucet before unscrewing the handle and removing it.
- Remove the nut located under the sink and pull out the stem of the faucet. This allows you to access the O-ring. If this is the source of the leak, replace the O-ring.
- Remove the seat washer located at the bottom of the faucet stem. This is a common cause of leaks. Replace this part if necessary.
- Put the parts that you have removed during the process of fixing the leak back together in the order in which they were taken apart.
Fixing a Leak on Other Faucet Types
- Some types of faucets require a replacement kit. Ball faucets have many parts that could be the source of the leak. Replacement kits tend to be inexpensive, so consider purchasing one before you start taking apart your faucet.
- Remove the handle by unscrewing it. Some types of faucets contain parts that fit together tightly, so be prepared to use pliers to loosen these pieces.
- Replace parts including the O-ring, springs and washers in any type of faucet to fix a simple leak.
Get Help From Professional Plumbers
Leaky faucets are often a simple fix, but you may experience more serious issues that require the assistance of a professional. Plumbers working for Dent Air Conditioning in Madison, Mississippi are ready to help you with all of your plumbing needs. Preventative maintenance, repairs and emergency services are all available to keep your pipes in working condition while keeping your water bill under control. Contact a friendly representative at Dent today to get started.