Faucets are unnoticed, yet important parts of our home for understandable reasons. They dole out the supply of water. And who would enjoy the annoying dripping of leaky faucets which might burn a hole in the pocket? Thus, keeping faucets in a perfectly working condition is not more of an option than a necessity.
While there is a multitude of issues associated with faucets from noise to leaks, some people just seem to let it escape the notice for monetary reasons. Dripping faucets are one of the most prevalent plumbing problems, yet they stand as the easiest ones to mend. While one steady drip can cost you 20 dollars, multiplying that number by the count of faucet drips in your home can sum up the amount of money going directly down the drain!
Step by step repair-
Fortunately, the words DO IT YOURSELF can be easily put next to a leaky faucet repair if you can arrange the necessary tools and identify the faucet type. For a simple and easy to perform six-step solution, take cues from the following-
Getting Started: First things first, turn off the supply of water to the faucet. Turning off individual fixture shutoffs should be preferred while the main shutoff will work as good. Post shutoff, plug your drains using sink plugs or rags (only if you do not want a washer or screw go down the drain and ruin your day!).
Identifying faucet types: In order to address faucet issues, you must keep yourself abreast of the types of faucets available and the one installed in your house. Compression faucets are usually equipped with 2 screw handles, each for cold and hot water. The other 3 uncommonly used faucets include a swiveling, central arm that can be swung from cold to hot as required. The base of the faucet arms determines the internal mechanism involved.
Removing the handles: Pry off the faucet handles and decorative caps held to faucet's main body by unscrewing little screws at the back or on the top of the faucet. Remember, do not let those tiny screws play hide and seek with you. Some screws are placed in hidden places by plastic or metal buttons which snap out once pressed. If needed, apply penetrating oil like WD-40 for loosening the faucet handles.
Removing the nut: Post removal, observe the faucet assembly. Expunge the faucet of its packing nut by employing an adjustable wrench or a huge pair of pliers (use slip joint if possible). It goes without saying, be careful with your tools to prevent the metal from getting scarred. Turn the spindle or stern in the direction as you would turn the faucet and twist it out. Remove screws which hold the washer together by using penetrating oil and examine the parts.
Finding the culprit: Underneath the nuts are installed stems, seated on the top of an O-ring that further sits on the seat washer. Seat washers are usually manufactured using rubber and its extracts that are easy to get worn out with time. If you are suffering with a dripping faucet, that washer is most likely your culprit!
Replacing the culprit- Remove the washer held by brass screws and get it replaced it at a parts store. As washers are available in various sizes, find an exact replacement to your faucet washer. While a few may be beveled, the rest may be flat and while some are for cold water that expand when flushed with hot water, some washers may work in both hot and cold conditions. Washers that fit will completely stop the dripping.
Give a finishing touch to your faucet by installing the new washer and coating it with plumber's grease. Once you're done, you have given your faucet an inexpensive, infallible DIY repair!