Dripping Faucet Repair

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When you are lying in bed at night wishing that you were asleep, does the sound of the drip, drip, drip from the kitchen sink drive you crazy? You aren’t the only one who is being taunted by that leaky faucet. A dripping faucet is more than just a nuisance. It can also be a big expense if left unrepaired. The average American household wastes more than 10,000 gallons of water every year on leaks. You could wash 270 loads of laundry with the amount of water that leaks out of your faucets and down your drain every year. That’s not just an annoyance; that’s a big expense. You are paying for every one of those drips.

So why haven’t you fixed it? I know, you aren’t a plumber. You’re a waitress or an IT guy or a nurse or whatever. But you can do it. It’s really not that hard. It’ll only cost you a few dollars to buy the new part, and you can fix it yourself in less time than it takes to watch another episode of Orange is the New Black on Netflix. And, more importantly, the leak will finally be gone so that you can sleep at night.

It’s time to put a stop to that annoying leak and that wasted water. Leaky faucets are the single most common plumbing problem, but you can easily fix a leaky faucet on your own. Usually a faucet leaks because the O-ring in the aerator is broken or worn out. You just need a new O-ring from the hardware store and a pair of pliers. Follow these simple steps for dripping faucet repair.

  1. 1. The first thing that you need to do is to remove the aerator from the spout of the faucet. The aerator is that last little piece that the water goes through before leaving the faucet. To remove the aerator, get a pair of pliers and wrap masking tape around them. This will prevent the pliers from scratching the metal of the faucet. Hold the pliers around the aerator, and turn in a counterclockwise direction until the aerator comes off.
  2. 2. Inside the aerator, you will see a little rubber ring. This rubber ring is called an O-ring. Remove the O-ring from the aerator. You can use the edge of a flathead screwdriver to pop it out.
  3. 3. You will see some little bitty holes inside the aerator. Those holes can get clogged up with water deposits. While you have the aerator off the faucet, it’s a good time to clean it up. Dip an old toothbrush in vinegar and scrub the holes in the aerator.
  4. 4. Press the new O-ring into place inside the aerator.
  5. 5. Now it’s time to put the aerator back on the faucet. Hold it in place and turn it with your fingers in a clockwise direction until it feels tight. Then use your pliers (still wrapped in masking tape) to further tighten the aerator onto the spout.
  6. 6. That’s it! Your faucet is fixed. Look at you, fixing your own faucet. You’re kind of a big deal.

Congratulations, you just fixed your own leaky faucet! Next stop, world domination. If, for some reason, the faucet repair didn’t go quite as smoothly as planned, call Scott English Plumbing. We are professional plumbers, and we’ll take care of that leaky faucet for you so that you don’t have to worry about it or Google how-to articles on the Internet. Just call Scott English Plumbing today, and we’ll be right there to tackle your leaky faucet.