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How To Stop A Dripping Faucet

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Dec 7, 2016 8:00:00 AM

leaky-faucetOne of the biggest annoyances in home plumbing? That moment when one of your faucets begins to leak. That drip, drip, drip noise all day long is not only bothersome, but could be the sound of money drip, drip, dripping down the drain with your monthly bills. 

If you're willing to fix this problem yourself, we're happy to tell you that you only need to have one or two tools handy, and we're going to show you some simple procedures to fixing it. 

Turn Off Your Water Supply:

Before you begin tinkering with any faucets or parts, make sure you've turned off your water supply. We know what you're thinking, "Who doesn't know to do that?" But you would be surprised at what you can forget while in the middle of a process and the unfortunate freak accidents that make occur thereafter.

Remove Design Elements:

Design elements are known as the decorative parts of the faucet, so be sure to remove any knobs before getting started, which can easily be done with a flathead screwdriver. Finally, you're in a position to see a screw that attaches the handle to the stem. The handle is next to be removed with the nearby flathead screwdriver.

Loosen The Packing Nut:

Using a wrench to loosen the nut will allow you a clear view of the stem. Remove the stem and check for any damages. Removing the stem is typically easy and just pops off, but there are some instances where you'll have to twist the stem before it comes off.

Inspect The O-Ring:

If you can't see an issue with the packing nut or the stem, your leaking problem may be within the O-Ring or the washer. Remove the washer and buy a new one to place on your faucet. Washers do come in many different forms, so you'll want to have the right measurements of your washer when you go in to buy a new one. 

Reassemble Everything:

If the problem has been solved with a simple fix of the washer, then you are ready to reassemble the faucet. First, you place the washer and O-Ring in the valve, then assemble your packing nut back to it's position, followed by the screw, and then your handle last. If you see no further issues, go ahead and add the decorative elements back and you're good to go!

If you have a leaky sink, it's a simple task to fix it yourself, IF the problem goes as far as the washer. If you are still experiencing leaks and dripping noises with your sink(s), get in touch with us here at Ken's Plumbing! We will fix your issue immediately and you won't have to worry about wasting money or water from here on out. Give us a call at (864) 242-5511 or click the banner below to schedule service online!

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