How to Fix a Leaky Faucet, it is FAQ for every home. Simply follow our Faucet Repair tips to learn how to repair a leaky faucet as below:
Leaky Faucet Types
Determine the cause of the leaky faucet and determine how to fix it. Common causes of leaks include a loose connection or a washer that is worn out, the wrong size or poorly installed.
Leaky Faucet Features
Loose faucet handles can cause water to drip from the faucet. This can be fixed by tightening the screws on each handle using a screw driver. Caution should be taken not to over-tighten the screws as stripping may occur. You may need to replace the screws and possibly the handles as well, depending on the severity with which the screws or handles are stripped.
Leaky Faucet Effects
Replace the washer in a leaky faucet for an immediate solution. Unscrew and remove each knob or handle from the sink or wall and remove the washer. Replace with a new washer. Re-attach the handle, screwing it in firmly. For designer bathroom faucets, remove the designer cover to access the faucet’s handle.
Leaky Kitchen Faucet Considerations
Leaky kitchen faucet require a different solution as they have a bar with a near 360° range of motion. To fix a leaky kitchen faucet, unscrew the end cap and remove the rubberized washer. Replace the washer with a new one and screw the metal end cap back onto the spigot firmly.
Leaky Faucet Identification
You can identify a loose connection on a faucet if it is leaking from the base of its arm or from the area around the packing nut. Using the adjustable wrench, tighten the nut that is located just below the faucet handle. If it keeps leaking, unscrew and detach from the base. Replace the rubberized washer with a new one and then screw the arm back on. Once again, screw it back on firmly, but make sure that it can still move freely with normal effort.
How to Fix a Leaky Faucet
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Summary: Tired of seeing your money go down the drain? A leaky faucet can cost you a significant amount of money if it is not taken care of right away because it will not be long until those drops have accumulated gallons of water that have gone to waste. To fix it you first need to figure out what kind of faucet you have so you can get replacement parts. After that you should follow the steps below.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Turn off the water supply to the leaky faucet. Water shutoffs are often located under the sink but in older homes there may only be one main water shut off for the entire house, usually located where the water pipe enters (often facing the street).
Open the faucet and let any water in the pipes drain out.
Put in the sink drain plug or put a towel in the sink bottom. Faucets have small screws and you don’t want to lose one down the drain.
Remove the faucet handle. Virtually all handles are attached with a screw often hidden under a decorative cap that can be pried off with a small screwdriver.
Remove the workings of the faucet and determine what kind of repair is required (see Tips). Once you have identified what kind of faucet you have, see the related eHow for details on repairing your particular faucet.