One of the most annoying plumbing problems known to the modern domesticated man is a leaking faucet.
It is not life threatening, of course.
It will not cause your bills to explode, but it will annoy you and everyone else in the house with that constant dripping sound.
This is actually one of the most common Silicon Valley plumbing problems that people complain about, and hiring a good San Jose plumber for a leaking faucet is a massive waste of time and money, so one of the best things to do in this case is to fix it yourself.
- 1 wrench set
- 1 screwdriver
- Spare washers and seals (they usually come with the faucets when you first buy them, however if you don’t have any you can get some at the local hardware store)
First thing’s first, you will have to turn off the water beneath the faucet in question if you have the taps directly under the sink / tub in question, or from along the pipes in order to cut the water flow to the actual leaking faucet.
After that’s done, grab an absorbent rag or a small tray or vat that can catch the water that will be coming out when you take the faucet apart.
Last but not least, make sure that you have something to put parts and small pieces in. A small plastic bowl is usually the go to in this situation.
Repairs and maintenance
So you have all your tools ready, the water is turned off, you have everything that you need, now it is time to take the faucet apart.
An important note before proceeding, there are 4 main kinds of faucets, however there is a way in which you can fix leaks regardless of faucet type and do a bit of maintenance work to the faucet itself at the same time.
Start by looking for bolting screws or clamps. They are usually located beneath the sink or tub, under the area on which the faucet stands.
Once you have located them, disconnect the faucet from the water pipes and unbolt it from the sink or tub in question.
Once you have the faucet in your hand, start taking it apart systematically, piece by piece until the whole assembly is taken apart.
If you feel that the faucet is too complex to remember or that it has too many parts, try and either find the manual and instructions that came with the faucet or grab a pen and paper and make notes on the assembly order and process.
Look for loose parts, parts that wobble when they should be stiff in place, and the number 1 culprit in most leaky situations, washers and seals.
Statistically, washers and seals are the reasons why faucets start leaking, and the reasons for it can range from something as minor as a slip in the wrong direction or a misaligned position to something as major as the entire washer or seal being chewed up completely.
Make sure you check all of the parts and seals properly as to not miss any potential reason.
Once the problem is identified, make sure to fix or replace the part completely if need be.
Putting everything back together
Ironically, this is where things start being a bit iffy, because assembly is done in a different order than the disassembly.
First of all, put the faucet back together and bake sire it dies not leak. You can do that by blowing into it through the base where the water would flow through and checking the head of the faucet with your finger.
Make sure to blow as hard as you can, water actually puts quite a bit of pressure on the faucet itself.
If everything has gone well, the faucet should not be leaking and at the same time be fully assembled and ready to go in your hands.
If the water pipes go directly into the faucet without any additional connector, or if they are bolted into place (like in the case of bath tubs and hot tubs), then it is just a matter of bolting the faucet onto the pipe.
However if there are small metal flexible tubes that connect the pipes to the faucet, make sure you grab the metal tubes, drag them through their hole and attach them properly to the faucet before mounting the faucet onto the sink or tub.
This is done solely because of the fact that it is a lot easier and a lot less time consuming than mounting the faucet and then going underneath and attaching the tubes to the underside of the faucet.
Remember to grab hemp fibers or sealant tape and wrap them around the tip of the tubes and pipes that will be connected to the faucet. These will ensure a tight seal around the hole and prevent any water from leaking.
Fixing a leaking faucet is not hard, nor complicated. All in all this is a standard run of the mill plumbing task that everybody can do at home. It might take a few tries and a few minor adjustments here and there, but when it’s all over and done with, you will no longer have to deal with that dripping leaking sound coming from your bathroom or kitchen.
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