How To Fix A Leaky Faucet

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How many nights have you ever spent up listening to the irritating dripping of a leaky faucet? Unlike popular belief, not every leaks are so elaborate that only a plumber is capable of fixing them. Everything that is basically necessary is a simple visit to a local or online parts supplier and do the repair by yourself.

In this article I will talk about how to fix small leaks in your bathroom faucets. Although there are numerous different types of faucets all of them still have exactly the same basic parts and are fundamentally assembled the same way as well. Several steps should be reviewed prior to determining which route to take when preparing to fix a leaking bathtub faucet.

First thing you must do is figure out the type of faucet, whether it’s a compression faucet that has hot and cold handles, or non-compression faucet which has just one lever or knob. The instructions below go over repairs for a non-compression faucet.

Step One: Shut off the water at the stop valve itself and not only turning off the cap. This should be located below your sink. Figure out also if the leaking water is either hot or cold, that way it is easy to figure out which pipe is damaged.

Step Two: Remove the drain then take off the screw that’s holding fastening the handle to the faucet. Some can be eliminated by a screwdriver or by simply prying it with force.

Step Three: Remove the nut and the stem. It may be simpler if you use an adjustable wrench or a pair of pliers to lock the nut. Then cautiously lift up the stem from the faucet. The packing nut, and the valve stem are all eliminated by converting them counter clockwise.

Step Four: A likely culprit for a leaky faucet in the bathroom is a bad washer. The washer may be located in the connection or at the end of the spout. Begin by looking at the end of the spout and find out if there are any problems with the material. Get rid of part and check on your local hardware for the similar unit. It is important that you get the correct part so a professional’s advice is suggested.

Step Five: After buying all the replacement parts, let us assume of course that you have bought a new washer. Place the washer against the base, flat side first then put the screw back, holding the washer tight. You might want to add some lubricant round the threads since this will ensure easier removal in the future. Replace the packing nut and then the handle.

If there is still a leak, take the leaky faucet apart and re-tighten every part, and if it still does not work, get in touch with a plumber. Typically, it’s easy to correct a dripping bathtub faucet, however, if the task at hand becomes too overwhelming, remember that there are pros ready with a hands-free solution to fix the leaky bathtub faucet.

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