Hacks To Fix A Leaky Faucet

A leaking faucet can be very bothersome and expensive as time passes. 4,000 drips equal one liter. That doesn't sound like much until you add that to a monthly total. Learning how to hack a leaky faucet will eliminate the chances of this happening in your home. Here are a few of those suggestions.

Tools Needed

  • O-rings
  • Replacement washers
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Channel locks
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • An old toothbrush to remove debris from inside pipes

Simple Hints

  • If it is the middle of the night and the drip is driving you nuts, tie a string around the faucet. The water will run down the string and stop the tapping in the sink!
  • A temporary solution is shutting off the supply under the sink at the shut-off valve.
  • Check if you have a guarantee on the faucet and can return it.
  • Sometimes moving the faucet back and forth will break up buildup from mineral deposits. If the corrosion is minor, this may help. You could also try using an old brush to remove some of the buildup.

Replace the Washer and O-Ring.

Turn the water off. Look under the sink and turn the two valves connected to the hoses or pipes off.

Put a stopper or rag over the drain hole so you don't lose any parts.

Unscrew the sink handles. Be careful not to scratch any of the decorative parts. The handles may have a rubber or plastic cover. Each one should pop off with a flathead screwdriver. Remove each ring or screw that holds the handles in position.

A metal nut will hold the faucet's stem. Use the wrench to remove the nut and stem. Replace the washer and o-ring. Be sure each replacement is identical. It may help to take the old one with you to the hardware store so that you can make sure you get a matching replacement. However, don't worry if you forget to take it. The store should have a mixture of them for a reasonable price. You may need a different one later in another spigot.

Put the faucet back together and turn the water on from under the sink. Turn on the spigot and turn it back off. Check to see if it still drips. Hopefully, it is fixed with this simple procedure.

If none of these ideas work for the leaky faucet, it may be time to replace it. If this is something you aren't comfortable doing yourself, make sure you call in a plumber for help. Contact professional plumbing companies like Rapid Rooter Of Central Oregon for more information about your home's plumbing needs.