Whether you have a great looking faucet or an ordinary faucet, no one will like to experience a leaky faucet. It means a lot of mess to be with. The main cause of a leaky faucet is a worn out rubber washer. Usually the washer in the sink is located inside the handle. However, when you have a leaky faucet there is not much reason to worry because mending it is not a much difficult task. You can do it with the help of a few common tools. In fact, you may be able to fix the leak without the help of an expert. However, if you are not confident enough you can get in touch with a plumber who will do the needful for you.
It needs to be mentioned here that when you have to repair a leaky faucet, the first thing that you should do is shut off the water under the sink or at the main shutoff valve and only then you can open the handle to replace the rubber washer. Nevertheless, when it comes to repairing a leaky faucet, it is important to detect the leak in the first instance. Once that is done, you can move to the repairing of the leak.
Some of the prominent indications of a leaky faucet include a pool of water under the sink or the dripping sound of water that keeps you awake throughout the night. In fact, if proper attention is not given to a leaky faucet it can become a huge problem at a later stage.
If you are thinking of repairing a leaky faucet all by yourself some of the tools that you would require are the following:
• An adjustable wrench
• Flat-head screwdriver
• Penetrating oil
• Replacement washer or “O” rings
The most important warning that one must keep in mind while repairing a leaky faucet is that you will end up creating a mess the moment you use your wrench to open the handle. So, without fail you must turn off the main water supply.
All decorative parts from the handle must be removed before opening the handle. All screws have to be opened for this purpose. However, for this you can use the penetrating oil that will help in loosening the screws.
Another important thing that you must keep in mind while you try to repair leaky faucets is that the replacement washer which you are using should be of the correct size. In case, it does not fit properly, you will not be able to fix it and so the leak will also not be repaired. If you are not much sure of the size you can take the older washer to the local hardware store to get something that is of the exact size. At the same time, you can buy a pack comprising washers of different sizes. Lastly, as far as faucet replacements are concerned there are various types of faucets so you should work accordingly and fix the leak.