Certain noises are almost universally recognized. Sounds like a person’s laughter, the boom of thunder, or a dog barking in the distance. Of these recognizable sounds, a leaking faucet is one homeowners dread hearing. Many restless nights have been caused by the constant dripping of a leaky faucet. When homeowners run into this problem, they often try to solve it themselves. Sometimes, it’s an easy fix like listed below; other times, you may need to call for backup. Try these tricks to fixing a leaky faucet. If your problem still isn’t solved, fill out our free estimate request and we’d love to help you out.
What You’ll Need:
- Adjustable Pipe Wrench
- Basin Wrench
- Hex Wrench
- Adjustable Pliers
There are single handle and double handle faucets. Single handle only has 1 control arm for both cold and hot. Double handle has a separate handle for cold and hot water sources. For the purpose of this article we’re going to assume you have a single handle faucet.
Now, determine the source of the leak. If the faucet is leaking from the spout there is probably a damaged part inside the faucet itself. If the base is leaking it’s probably an o-ring or seal. Locate the water source hose under your sink and turn off the flow of water. Open your faucet handle to remove any remaining pressure in the lines. Place a rag over the drain hole to protect and prevent losing any parts.
Remove the faucet handle using a hex wrench and remove the metal cap. If the faucet base is leaking, slide the spout off and replace the damaged o-rings underneath. If the faucet spout is leaking, remove the faucet handle, cap, and disassemble the internal parts (or cartridge). Lay the parts out in order and snap a picture with your phone so you don’t forget how to reassemble. While replacing that single broken part is an option, it’s better to replace the entire cartridge. Take your internal parts to the plumbing store and find the correct replacement assembly.
Follow manufacturer suggestions for installation, making sure to use plumbers grease on any o-rings or seals. Once all the parts have been installed, open the faucet handle and slowly turn your water supply supply back on. Allow any air to bleed out of the lines and shut the faucet handle off. If your leak persists, it may be time to get some help. We specialize in helping homeowners repair leaky faucets. With years of experience in home repairs, you can trust that we’ll get the job done right, the first time.