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Fixing a Leaky Faucet can help avoid Water Damage and High Water Bills

Fixing a Leaky FaucetDid you know that a Leaky Faucet can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water a year? It is no wonder that the Environmental Protection Agency claims fixing a leaky faucet can save a homeowner as much as 10% on their water bills. So what are you waiting for? Keeping your home leak free is quick and easy. You just have to know what to look for and how to fix a leak when you find it.

Fixing a Leaky Faucet

  1. Find the Leak: First and foremost, you must find the leak. You can do this several ways. For starters, examine your water bills. Do you notice any inconsistencies? Has your bill risen while your water usage has remained the same? A leak could be to blame. To know for sure, check your water meter before and after a two-hour period. If no water was used during this time and the reading has changed, you have a leak. Now you just have to pinpoint where.
  2. Shut Off Water: Once you have found the leaky faucet, shut off water under the sink.
  3. Preparation: Close the sink drain and cover it with a rag. This will ensure any falling parts do not end up going down the drain. Then tape the jaws of your wrench to avoid scratching your beautiful fixtures. Now you are ready to get to work.
  4. Identify your Leaky Faucet: There are four different types of faucets: compression, cartridge (sleeve), ceramic disk, and ball type.

Fixing a Leaky Faucet: Compression Faucets

  1. Pry off the decorative cap on the handle.
  2. Remove the screw.
  3. Pull off the handle.
  4. Use a crescent wrench to unscrew the packaging nut.
  5. Remove and replace the seat washer, which is held in place by a brass screw,
  6. Coat the washer in a nontoxic, heat-proof plumber’s grease.
  7. Pop the stem out of the packaging nut.
  8. Replace the O-ring.
  9. Coat the new O-ring with the plumber’s grease.
  10. Reassemble the faucet.
  11. Tighten the packing nut.

Fixing a Leaky Faucet: Ball-type Faucets

Because these faucets are complicated and it is tough to pinpoint the cause of a leak, it is often best to replace all the parts.

  1. Remove the handle set screw.
  2. Lift off handle.
  3. Using adjustable pliers, remove the cap and collar.
  4. Loosen the faucet cam and lift it, the cam washer, and rotating ball out.
  5. Using needle-nose pliers, remove the inlet seals and springs in the faucet body.
  6. Cut off the O-rings.
  7. Coat the new O-rings in a nontoxic, heat-proof plumber’s grease.
  8. Roll on the new O-rings.
  9. Install new springs, valve seats, and cam washers.
  10. Reassemble the faucet.

Fixing a Leaky Faucet: Cartridge Faucets

  1. Pry off the decorative cap on the handle.
  2. Remove the handle screw.
  3. Pull off the handle (first tilt it backwards).
  4. Using needle-nose pliers, remove the retaining clip holding the cartridge in place.
  5. Remove the spout.
  6. Cut off old O-rings.
  7. Coat the new O-rings in a nontoxic, heat-proof plumber’s grease.
  8. Reassemble the faucet.

Fixing a Leaky Faucet: Ceramic-Disk Faucets

  1. Push the faucet handle back to access the set screw.
  2. Remove the set screw.
  3. Lift off the handle.
  4. Remove the escutcheon cap.
  5. Unscrew the disk cylinder mounting screws.
  6. Lift out the cylinder.
  7. Using a screwdriver, lift out the neoprene seals from the cylinder. Replace if damaged.
  8. Clean the cylinder openings using distilled white vinegar and a plastic scouring pad.
  9. Rinse.
  10. Replace the seals.
  11. Reassemble the faucet.

Hopefully you have found our blog, “Fixing a Leaky Faucet can help avoid Water Damage and High Water Bills,” informative and helpful. Continue to check back weekly for more helpful home improvement tips.

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