Whether it’s the pooling water under your sink or the dripping sound that keeps you awake at night, leaky faucets are a nuisance that can turn into a major problem if not addressed immediately. Fortunately, fixing a leaky faucet is simple and inexpensive. Let Handyman Connection of Butler Warren show you how:
Get The Right Tools And Identify The Source
The equipment you’ll need depends on the kind of faucet you have. You can ask the people at the hardware store for the right tools for the job. In addition to slip-joint pliers and screwdrivers, you’ll also need a set of Allen wrenches. When you have the proper equipment, it’s time to determine the problem. Carefully examine your faucet and identify where the water is coming from. This is important, as the location of the source will decide how you’ll repair the leak. After discovering the source, turn off the water supply by using the shutoff valves directly under the sink or through the main water valve.
Take The Faucet Apart
Slowly take your faucet apart so you can replace the broken component. Place the parts aside in the same order that they were removed to make reassembling them easier later on. If you haven’t done this before, however, we recommend recording yourself with a camera so you’ll remember the order and placement of the pieces.
Replace Any Damaged Pieces
Thoroughly examine the interior of your faucet’s valve for signs of a damaged gasket. If there is, loosen it by soaking the mineral deposits and clean it with a cloth. If you’re experiencing slow water flow, use a screwdriver to clean out the plugged holes in your faucet body. Before replacing any parts, you can briefly turn on the shutoff valve to expel any loosened debris. To ensure a successful replacement, it’s important to get the appropriate replacement parts. Take note of the brand name on your faucet and bring the old parts when you visit the hardware store.
Repairing your leaky faucet can be done over a quiet weekend. For more professional results, you can also turn to Handyman Connection of Butler Warren. Contact us today at (513) 282-3032 to learn more about our range of services or to request a free estimate.