Hello, my name is John Chase and if you're like me, you enjoy doing home repair projects yourself. I'm far from being a professional, but I can do minor repairs on the outside of my house such as painting and repairing the gutters. If there's a big project to do and I know that I shouldn't tackle the task myself, I always hire an experienced contractor to do the job. As you read through this blog, you'll learn how to hire the best contractor for home repair. You'll also find out what types of jobs around the house that you can do yourself and when you should contact a qualified contracting company. I think that you'll find my blog informative and I'm supplying this information so that all of your home repair projects will be successful.
Faucets are funny things. Just about any part can cause a leak to start. If you are laying in bed at night trying to sleep, and the leaky faucet's constant drip is driving you crazy, here are some easy fixes you can do to either lessen the drip or extinguish it entirely.
Tighten Nuts and Bolts
There are nuts and bolts underneath your sink that you can tighten which may help the leak. It is a "lay on your back with a flashlight in your mouth" kind of job, and you will have to move stuff out of the cabinet to get a good look. Once you are under there, locate the nuts and bolts that connect to the faucet and use a wrench to tighten those up. If they are already tight, leave them be. You will have to work on the faucet itself.
Unscrew and Replace the Faucet Head
The very head of the faucet, where the water continues to drip, can be unscrewed. Inside most faucet heads there is a washer and sieve component. Usually, the washer part is the part that is not doing its job. Take the faucet head to the hardware store to find a replacement. Then screw that new faucet head onto your old faucet. That should resolve the problem. If it does not, you will need to take the faucet apart to find the shut-off valves.
Find and Replace the Shut-off Valves
First things first; always turn the water off underneath the sink before you start taking the faucet apart completely. Otherwise you will have quite the wet mess to clean up when you remove the shut-off valve or valves. Then look for the valve in the base of the faucet if you have a two-in-one faucet and handle system, or look for the valves if you have a two handle and single faucet system.
You will know that you have the right components when you start to unscrew and remove them as they will begin leaking what little water is left trapped underneath. Replace this/these valve(s) and then reassemble the faucet before turning the water back on. If this still does not correct the problem, you will need to buy an entirely new faucet system and install it.
A Completely New Faucet
Okay, so you have one of two options here. Either go through all of the above steps to find that you need to replace the faucet completely, or just replace the faucet from the start and avoid all of the above. If you want to cut costs but have a pro do it, buy your own faucet from the hardware store and then have the plumber install it. Either way, the incessant dripping will stop.Share