Life is complicated enough as it is without having enter you home and find that your faucet is leaking and won't stop no matter how hard you turn the knob. Leaks happen, but calling a plumbing service right away is not always the proper solution. You aren't required to know much about plumbing systems or even have a large collection of tools in order to get a leaking faucet to stop once and for all. These tips will aid you in fixing a leaking faucet, without frustration or major complications.
Pinpointing The Source Of Your Leak
You might physically see water dripping out of the faucet in your bathroom or kitchen, but that doesn't necessarily indicate that it is the original source of the leak. Additionally, although faucets appear to be a single, collection piece of hardware, there are actually several parts that come together to make faucets function the way that they are intended.
A faucet can have a faulty gasket that is causing the leak, or you may need to replace its washer. If the aerator on the end of your kitchen or bathroom faucet constantly drips, it may be cracked, chipped or just plain dirty.
Plumbing Repair Tools And Replacement Parts
Your hands are the primary tool you will need to repair a leaking faucet, so forget about preserving your manicure if you want to get things done. Otherwise, a screwdriver, a few towels and an adjustable wrench are the basic tools that you should have on hand to fix your faulty plumbing.
Until you take your faucet apart you won't know which replacement parts you may need. If you find that a main component of your faucet is broken, an entire new faucet might need to be purchased.
Fixing a Leaking Faucet for Good
More than anything, you will have to spend sufficient time carefully examining each part of your faucet, testing it each time you make an adjustment. The entire repair job may be as simple as tightening a nut, but you will need to take your faucet apart in order to definitively get an answer.
If you are not successful in your attempt to fix your leaking faucet after a couple of hours, you can call a plumbing service and have your faucet repaired soon after. Don't worry, your plumber has already walked into plenty of jobs where the customer has attempted to make their own repairs before. Just be glad it was just your faucet that was leaking instead of the commode.