How To Fix A Leaky Faucet

27 January 2015
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Plumbing doesn't have to be a complicated problem that only a professional can fix. There are a number of simple problems that can be fixed with simple tools kept around the house that will save you money from having to pay an expensive repairman. Here is a step-by-step guide to fixing a leaky faucet.

1 - Locate the source of the leak and determine if the repair is needed in the base facet or the base of the spout.

2 - Turn off the water supply to the faucet using the shut off valve located underneath the sink. If there are no shut off valves under the sink then you will have to shut off the water at the main water valve that controls the entire house. The water must be shut off before you proceed to the next step.

3 - Place dish towels inside the drains to prevent small parts from being lost down the drain as you start removing pats of the sink. The last thing you want is to lose a small screw or washer down the drain and creating a larger problem.

4 - Use a screwdriver or Allen key wrench to loosen the screws or bolts holding the piece of drain pipe with the leak in place. Make sure you are prepared to wipe up any excess water that may be remaining in the pipe with a towel.

5 - Once the leaky drain pipe is removed, take a cloth and clean up the connections and gaskets to remove built-up dirt as many leaks are caused by clogged connections. Check the pipe for leaks and if needed replace it with it with a brand new piece of pipe if the leak cannot be plugged.

6 - Put the new or cleaned pipe back into place and tighten the screws or bolts with an Allen wrench or screwdriver. Make sure the screws and bolts are tightened, as a loose connection could cause another leak.

7 - Once the pipe is secured back in place turn on the water at the shut off valve or main water control inside the house.

8 - Test the newly installed and clean pipe to ensure that the leak has been fixed and is not leaking by turning on the faucet and letting it run.

If the tips outlined above do not fix the problem you can try and run through the steps again from the start, but if it fails to correct the problem then you should call a professional plumber, such as one from Vincent J Cestaro & Son Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning.