Repairing Leaky Faucets

In this economic time, it’s a priority to save money wherever possible. Unfortunately, whenever we have a few extra bucks to spend, it seems like something always gets in the way – including home improvement projects. Small problems, like leaky faucets, put an extra drain on your wallet.

Fortunately, leaky faucets are pretty simple to fix.

What Type of Faucet Do You Have?

It’s important to know what kind of faucet you have before attempting to fix it. If your faucet has two different handles for both cold and hot water, you more than likely have a washer-type faucet, also called a compression faucet. This type of faucet has an internal shutoff valve that has a washer at the end so that it stops leaks from forming.

Now, if you have a washerless type, you more than likely have one handle for temperature control. These usually have a disc, cartridge or ball to control water flow.

Step by Step Instructions

Regardless of your type, it’s usually pretty similar when fixing. Here are some step by step directions to follow:

  1. First, turn off the water and remove the handle of the faucet by unscrewing the screw on the top or back of the handle. Sometimes you need some oil to help loosen it.
  2. Now, remove the handle and start to remove the packing nut with a pair of pliers or an adjustable wrench. Twist the stem or spindle by turning it in the direction you’d turn to turn the faucet on.
  3. Remove the screw that holds the washer. If you need to use oil to loosen it, that’s ok. Now check to see the condition of the screw and stem, and if it’s damaged replace it.
  4. Replace the old washer with a new one that’s identical.
  5. Tighten the new washer to the stem, and turn it clockwise. When the stem is in place, put the nut back on.

Reassemble the handle and replace the disc. Now, turn the water supply back on and check for anything leakage.

These steps should lead to a fixed faucet. If the leak continues, go through the steps again, and if it doesn’t work the second time around, you may want to call a professional to avoid any damage.

This is a guest post written by Gracie Roloff. Gracie runs MyGetRidOfGuide, a website that offers several ways to Get Rid Of anything from unwanted pests in your garden to acne.

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