How to Properly Fix a Leaking Faucet

Drips from a leaking faucet aren’t just noisy, they also waste valuable water, which in turn contributes to your home’s overall water consumption. If one of your home’s faucets is leaking, then you need to address the problem as soon as possible. Handyman Connection® of Chicago Central discusses how to fix a leaky faucet.

 Leaking Faucet

Inspection and Tool Preparation

Before anything else, you’ll want to determine where the leak is actually coming from. Leaks coming from the spout require different repair work from a leak forming around the base, after all. Next, you’ll want to gather your tools. Make sure you have an Allen Wrench, as well as a screwdriver, and large split-joint pliers. Finally, make sure you turn off the water supply to that specific faucet to keep from getting splashed.

Take the Faucet Apart

Dismantling the faucet is actually simple to do since it’s very straightforward. Just make sure you remember the order you removed the parts. If this is your first time taking the faucet apart, then we suggest you record yourself disassembling it so you can put things back together easier.

Replacing the Parts

If the leak is forming on the base of the spout, then the problem is the O-ring. If the ring is loose, all you need to do is tighten it. If it’s in disrepair though, you’ll have to replace it. If the leak is coming from the spout, then you’ll need to replace a washer or a corroded valve seat.

You can find replacement parts for your faucet relatively easy; just make sure you take note of the brand, which you’ll find stamped on the faucet. If the brand name is faded, you can simply bring the parts to the store, and they can identify which brand is it.

Once you’re done, it’s just a matter of putting the parts back together. Before doing so, we recommend you clean each individual part to prevent leaks and other problems from happening in the near future.

Let Handyman Connection of Chicago Central help you with your leaky faucets. Fill out our form or give us a call at (312) 265-3886 for more information on our services.


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