How to Make Basic Faucet Repairs
Plumbing repairs can seem intimidating, but not every plumbing issue is a major project. There are some basic faucet repairs that most homeowners can perform on their own. Read on to learn more about how to make basic faucet repairs.
Fixing Leaky Faucets
Nearly every homeowner has had a leaky faucet at one point or another. How long did you ignore that leak before you did something about it? A leaky faucet doesn’t seem like a major problem, other than the annoying dripping noise. What many people don’t realize is how much water a dripping faucet actually wastes. The drip may seem like a tiny amount of water, but when it continues around the clock for weeks on end, it adds up to many gallons of water. Allowing all of that water to drip down the drain, unused, is bad for the planet, and it’s not so great for your wallet, either.
A leaky faucet means that there is seepage coming from the water supply. When water comes into your home, it is under pressure. In order to prevent the water from coming out of the faucet when the faucet is turned off, there must be a watertight seal. Faucets have a washer inside of the faucet seat that creates that seal and prevents water from leaking out. If there is a problem with either the faucet seat or the washer, water can leak out of the faucet. Most leaky faucets are caused by problems with one of those two components.
Follow these steps to fix a leaky compression-type faucet.
- 1. Shut off the water supply.
- 2. Locate the tiny screws on the faucet handle. They are usually on the top or back of the handle. There may be a metal or plastic cap covering the screws. Unscrew them to remove the faucet handle.
- 3. After removing the faucet handle, inspect the assembly. Use pliers to gently remove the packing nut. Turn the stem to remove it.
- 4. There will be a small screw that holds the washer in place. Remove this screw. Inspect the washer. If you see any signs of wear on the washer, it should be replaced. Be sure to take the washer with you when you go to the store to buy a replacement to make sure that you get the right fit.
- 5. Replace the washer, and reassemble the faucet in the same fashion as it was disassembled. Don’t forget to turn the water supply back on when you are finished.
If your faucet is making loud noises, it is probably caused by vibrations of the internal components. The washer may be the wrong size, or it may not be attached securely. Follow the same steps as listed above for repairing a leaky faucet, and replace or tighten the washer. If the noise occurs when you turn the handles of the faucet, then you can try coating the threads with petroleum jelly to create a better seal. The stem itself may need to be replaced if this doesn’t do the trick.
These are a few simple faucet repairs that homeowners can tackle on their own. If you run into problems with repairs and need the help of a professional plumber, call Scott English Plumbing. We have been serving Orange County for more than 15 years. We offer high-quality service at affordable prices, and we’re available 24/7. If you experience a faucet problem or any plumbing problem, call Scott English Plumbing to arrange for service.