A leaky faucet is one of those things you should never delay. Aside from wasting water, constant leaks can encourage mold and mildew to form, especially if the faucet is in the bathroom or kitchen sink. Fortunately, repairing a leaky faucet is one of the easier types of home repair. Follow this step-by-step guide and you should be able to get rid of leaks in less than an hour.
Check the Source of the Leak
Is the leak coming from the end of the faucet even if it’s supposed to be completely shut off? Is the leak coming from the base of the faucet? Depending on where it’s coming from, you may have to buy replacement parts or completely replace the faucet.
Shut Off the Gate Valve
You can’t work on a faucet with high-pressure water coming from the pipes. Shut off the water supply by closing the gate valve and use a cloth to dry the faucet.
Remove the Leaky Faucet
Use a wrench to remove the leaky faucet and, if repairs are necessary, you will also have to disassemble it. Make sure you remember how to take the faucet apart so you know how to put it back together again.
Let It Dry Out a Bit
In case of a complete faucet replacement where a liquid sealant is used, you might have to wait for a few hours for the sealant to completely set before you can reopen the gate valve.
Other Tips on Faucet Repair
Always have replacement materials stored in your garage so you don’t have to make a trip to the hardware store. Most repairs require a faucet repair kit and O-ring seals so have a few of those in stock. Teflon tape or liquid sealants should also be available for emergencies.
Always have tools ready for the job; an adjustable wrench is ideal because it can be used on any faucet in your home while pliers provide the much-needed leverage for holding on to something.
If you have more complex faucets such as double-handled, automatic or pull-out faucets, you might want to get help from our plumbing specialists to ensure the best results.
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