The drip from a leaky faucet might be easily ignored, but over time that leak can cost you hundreds of dollars a year in additional water bills. A dripping faucet is a common plumbing problem. Faucets are usually easy to fix when you know a little about how they work.
The most common cause of bathroom and kitchen faucet drips are caused by washers, O-rings, or seals inside the faucet that become caked with mineral deposits, sediment or simply worn out.
Once you know your faucet design, you can properly disassemble the faucet, locate the source of the leak, and then replace the worn parts or clean dirty parts. To stop the drip, all you usually have to do is replace the washer or repair the seat.
By replacing damaged or corroded washers you can fix the problem before it costs you more money or eventually becomes a more expensive plumbing problem.
Start by shutting off the water to the faucet. There’s usually a shutoff valve under the sink. You can also shut off the water to the entire house before you start.
Remove the washer from the faucet and examine it. You can use the old washer as a template to help you locate a replacement at a hardware store. If you know your faucet’s make and model, you may be able to find the right washer size by searching online. You may be able to order a replacement from the manufacturer.
While you have the faucet apart, take the opportunity to clean the screens and components of dirt or mineral deposits that may have built up. After you have made your repairs, keep the faucet’s handle open when you turn the water back on. This will allow the trapped air in the line to release. When the when water runs steady, then you can close the faucet.
Washers are often the cause for most leaks. If you turn the water back on and you still have a leak, it’s possible that another part of the faucet that may be worn or broken. You may need to have the faucet replaced or the lines to the faucet repaired.
If you are in doubt or if you get in over your head, call your local plumber!
For faucet problems, shower leaks, toilet backups or other plumbing needs, call Go Green Express Home Services at 845-562-6722. We serve Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, Putnam and Rockland County, NY.