Is Your Faucet Dripping?
A dripping faucet is a normal plumbing occurrence in many a homeowner’s household. There are several reasons that faucet dripping happens. But more often than not it’s to do with the fact that the compression within your faucet has come loose. Do not despair, it’s not as big as it sounds and it’s so easy to fix you can have a go and DIY! Our Company does love to share these types of tips, if you are interested at trying your hand just keep on reading and you’ll learn how you can take care of this situation all by yourself! If not, please give our office a call and we can send one of our professional Oakville plumbers to your home to help get rid of that dripping faucet!
How to DIY Fix That Dripping Faucet
Turn The Water Off
Unless you plan on washing yourself and your floors while trying to fix your faucet, this is step one! Look under your sink. You will see a small knob connected to the pipe that provides water for that sink tap. Turn that knob to the right as tight as you can – then turn on your tap as you normally would to ensure that the water is in fact turned off.
Faucet Tip Removal
At the top of your faucet handle, you will see a top. It’s flat and round, often has some sort of decoration or colour to it. Use a flathead/Phillip’s screwdriver and just pick/pop that piece off. Underneath you will see one single screw – loosen and remove it as well.
Inspection and Stem Removal
The stem/faucet handle needs to be removed; depending on the make it will twist or pop off – if it’s on there super tight you may need a penetrating oil such as WD-40 to loosen it up. Once you’ve done so, inspect all parts you have undone to see if you can spot any sort of damage. No damage? Keep on going!
Replace Your Old Washer
Here’s the whole “compression” of it all; remove the old washer and O-ring and reinsert new ones. You need to make sure you are putting them in exactly as the old ones were in place and that they are the correct shape – check with your local hardware store – an employee there will be able to direct you!
The Big Finale
You are now ready to reassemble. Think of how you took things apart and in what order – and do the reverse! Once you have everything back together, go under your sink and turn your water back on. Then gently turn on your tap, let it run then shut it off and wait. No drips = success!
If you are now without drip, congratulations to you! You’ve fixed your own drip problem and will sleep a whole lot better tonight! We know that sometimes it may not be possible for you to complete this one your own. If you followed the steps yet your faucet is still dripping, you may have a larger problem at hand. If that’s the case, give us a call today and we’ll send a licensed Oakville plumber to you right away – you’ll be sleeping soundly in no time!
CALL JOHN THE PLUMBER Oakville TODAY!