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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

6 Easy Steps to Fix Your Leaking Faucet


A leaking faucet may cause substantial damage to your bathroom. Along with affecting the look and feel of the bathroom, the problem will further result in unnecessary wasting of water. Also, the leakage can impact the overall look of your sink or bathtub by leaving stains. If you have retained the services of an experienced carpentry handyman, he can easily fix the problem within a few minutes. Often the leakage can be stopped by replacing the valve seals, or the entire faucet. However, you can also fix the leaking faucet on your own by using a set of simple tools.

  1. Before repairing the faucet, you need to ensure that the water source is completely shut off. If you   are not able to locate the water source to the faucet, it is a good idea to completely turn off the water supply to your home.
  2. You have to start the minor plumbing repairs by removing the faucet handle. The handle for the faucet can be taken off using a screwdriver. Use the screwdriver to unscrew the screw that secures the handle. It is advisable to use a flathead screwdriver to unscrew the screws, if the faucet handle has a plastic cover.
  3. Now you have to remove the tube-shaped chrome cover. The chrome cover has to be removed carefully using your fingers. After removing the chrome cover, you have to pry the ring placed next to the tube off by using a small flathead screwdriver.
  4. You also need to take the brass collar with pliers off. Then, use a flathead screwdriver to pry the plastic body off from the collar.
  5. Now you can use the flathead screwdriver, and remove the valve and valve seals from the faucet. The old valve seals can be replaced with the new valve seals procured by you from the market. Many companies even provide DIY instructions to buyers to easily install new valve seals.
  6. After replacing the faulty faucet parts, you have to ensure that the new components are positioned in an exact and accurate way. Once you have checked the faucet thoroughly, you can now turn the water source on to the faucet.
You can even fix the leaking faucet by reading the instructions provided by the manufacturer. The websites of many companies also carry detailed DIY instructions on how to remove, repair and replace the faucet of your bathtub or sink.