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It happens to every homeowner or renter: the dreaded leaky faucet. Every homeowner should know how to make this simple plumbing repair, but often times, this common plumbing problem catches us at a moment’s notice, without giving us time to prepare, so we end up calling a plumber. This is one part of home maintenance skills that can easily be learned.
Let’s break down the process of this plumbing repair in to several simple steps.
1. Figure out what type of faucet you have.
There are multiple different kinds of faucets, the main styles are ceramic, compression, disk, and ball types. This is a main determiner of how you’ll need to go about fixing your leaky faucet.
2. Find the source of your leak.
Many times, the source of the leak is an old or defective rubber seal. But, the cause of the leak may vary depending on the type of faucet you have.
3. Replace broken parts and reassemble.
For compression faucets, the most common solution is to replace the washers at the bottom of the fixture once you take off the fixture. the rubber seat washer at the bottom can be removed easily. Once you’ve replaced any seat washers and reassembled the fxu, you can test your repair by slowly turning the faucet back on.
Ball spring faucets can be the most difficult sinks to fix, just because of tracing a leak back to one of their many parts. For starters, remove the handle and examine each part for defects. You will need needle-nose pliers to access the smaller parts of the faucet handle, such as the springs. The first part you should replace is the old O-rings, the coat the new O-rings with heat-proof plumber’s grease and place them back on.
Ceramic faucets work a little differently than any of the other types of faucets. The plate underneath the handle can be detached and replaced if defective. Simply remove the handle with a wrench and remove and then replace the ceramic cylinder and any sealants once the handle is removed. Replace the handle and then turn it on very slowly, in order to prevent fracturing the ceramic disk.
To find the leak on a cartridge faucet, remove the handle by pulling it back and use needle-nose pliers to pull the cartridge straight up. Use a utility knife to cut off and replace any defective O-rings after removing the spout. Be sure to use a heat proof seal to coat any new O-rings before you reassemble the faucet.
Holding the cartridge in place, use needle-nose pliers to remove it, and then pull the cartridge straight up. Remove the spout and replace any other defective or worn pieces and seal then with year-old plumbers seal before reassembling the faucet.
So there you have it, here’s one of the most simple maintenance solutions to a leaky faucet. So the next time you need to make a plumbing repair, you’ll know exactly where to begin.
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Our next post in a few days will be off the plumbing topic, as we want to bring in professionals from different types of home improvement sectors. His name is Dan Lombardo and he’s the owner of Window Cleaning of Simi Valley Thousand Oaks. He will be posting on how to clean your home windows like a professional. See ya then!