Fixing the Drip
As you go about your day, it can be easy to not notice the quiet drip of a leaking faucet. Once the hustle and bustle slows down, that little drip can become surprisingly loud. Along with raising your water bill, a constant drip can indicate a bigger problem. Luckily, most leaks are relatively minor fixes.
What Is Causing the Drip?
Ring Issues – The faucet handle is attached with a stem screw that is on top of an O ring. If this ring becomes loose or damaged, it will cause a leak
Corrosion – Water sediment eventually begins to affect the components of a faucet. A valve seat, the faucet, and spot connector can lose its integrity.
Washers – The washer and valve seat come into contact every use. Over time, this friction will begin to wear the part out. Additionally, if a washer isn’t properly installed, it can contribute to leaking.
Steps to Fix the Leak
When dealing with a leaking faucet, many of the fixes are relatively easy. Below are some helpful tips in completing a proper repair.
Turn off water at the main supply to avoid a small leak turning into a river of water.
Any knob or decorative parts will need to be removed before a repair can be made. These fixtures are typically screwed in.
The packing nut will need to be loosened. Depending on your faucet, the stem may either gently pull off or require twisting. Once off, inspect it for any damage.
If there was no visible damage to the faucet stem, inspect the O ring, washers and valves for wear.
Once the culprit is determined, ensure the replacement part is properly installed and an exact fit.
If after you have fixed leak there are still problems, it may be time to call a plumber. A leaking faucet could mean hidden plumbing issues and unseen damage that may require the services of a water damage professional.