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A Few Reasons Why Your Faucet Is Leaking and How To Fix It

[fa icon="calendar"] Mar 20, 2019 5:59:17 PM / by Reid Geiler

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A leaking faucet is a common issue that many people face. The constant drips leaking from a faucet can result in an increased water bill in addition to constant annoyance. There are several reasons why your faucet could be leaking. A few reasons why a faucet could be leaking include damage or malfunction of the faucet valves, the washers or the O-rings. These parts of a faucet are vital in maintaining proper function of the faucet and preventing leakages along the pipeline. Although there are many types of faucets, the repair mechanism for most is generally the following: disassemble the faucet and reassemble the faucet, while stopping any leaks during the process. There are several tools needed to disassemble and reassemble the faucet; they include a basin wrench and a few other common tools like a screwdriver and replacement parts depending on the type of faucet.

 

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 The first step is to switch off the water supply to the faucet, this will prevent leakage if the water is turned on. Next, when the water supply is turned off, turn on the faucet to let any residual water drip out. The next few steps are focused on checking whether or not the stem of the faucet is the reason why it is leaking. After letting the residual water drip out of the faucet, remove the cover of the faucet and loosen the screw on the cap beneath it; the handle of the faucet should be removable by either screwing it off or snapping it off. The stem of the faucet should now be visible. If the stem looks worn, you should consider replacing it.


            If the stem isn’t the cause of the faucet leaking, the main suspects of the leaking are the washer and the O-ring. To stop the leakage from the washer or O-ring of the faucet, tightening can both of them is recommended; if this doesn’t work it is probably best to replace the washer or the O-ring. Both of these parts are inexpensive, so replacing them isn’t a big issue. If the washer or the O-ring seem to be in good condition, it is unlikely they are the reason for the faucet leakage.


            Lastly, you should check the valve seat. The valve seat should be checked if the washer was replaced or is in good condition and the faucet is still leaking. This can be done by removing the handle leaking faucet parts_the geiler companyof the faucet by removing the screw that holds it in place. The valve is also inexpensive and its recommended to just install a new one. The valve can be accessed by after removing the screw of the handle that holds it in place. The valve can be removed by using water-pump pliers to loosen it then consequently removing it.
            If after checking the valve, washer and O-ring and the faucet is still leaking, it is best to seek professional help. 

 

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