A leaky faucet is not only annoying but it will also increase your water bill. So it always best to fix a leaky faucet as soon as possible. Here we will explain how to get it done.
What is the cause of a leaky faucet?
At first, we have to identify the source of the leak. If water is pooling around the stem of the faucet, you most likely need to replace the O-ring or tighten the packing nut.
If the leak is coming from the spout, there’s most likely a problem with the faucet handle. At this point, it’s helpful to have some knowledge about which type of faucet is in your home. If it is cartridge faucet which is common in modern homes, you have to replace the cartridge.
If it is a compression faucet, which is more typical in older homes, you may have to replace the rubber seals which can wear out over time.
How to stop a leaky faucet?
Follow these steps to fix the leaky faucet:
- Shut off the water
Always turn off the water supply before doing repair work. Look for the shutoff valves under the sink. Turn them clockwise until they’re tightly closed. Once you’ve shut off the valves, turn the faucet on to release pressure and drain the remaining water in the pipes.
- Close the drain
Cover and close the drain with plug or rag to avoid small screws going down the drain pipes.
- Take the system apart
Remove the faucet body to identify the problem. All you have to do is remove the faucet handle. Pay attention to the order and orientation of the parts as you remove them. This will make reassembly quite easier.
- Check all the parts
Seals, rubber washers and O-rings are often the reasons when a faucet starts to leak. Check them for noticeable wear and tear, such as a flattened washer or grooves worn into the parts. If they look rough, replace them. Take the old parts to the store with you to ensure you’re buying the right replacements.
- Clean as you go
Make sure to clean the parts before you reassemble them. Use a cloth to clean the surfaces, and loosen these deposits by soaking them in vinegar and baking soda.
- Reassemble the faucet
Just reverse the dismantling process to assemble the faucet. Don’t ever push down on the faucet or force parts to work.
- Test the water flow
Once you finish the repair, turn the water back on. Let the water run until it flows normally and make sure the leaks are fixed.
If you are not able to find the cause of the leak or are unable to solve it with a quick fix, it’s best to call a plumber from Wrench it up and we will detect and resolve the problem quickly and effectively. Call our Toronto plumbing expert team at (416) 800-5050