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How to Fix a Leaky Faucet

How to Fix a Leaky Faucet

leaky faucetThere are multiple reasons why a leaky faucet is more than an annoyance. Beyond the steady dripping sound that can keep you up at night, you can expect a higher water bill and other plumbing components to be adversely effected the more you put off this repair. Fixing a leaky faucet doesn't have to be complicated, but it will require a little knowledge before you get started. Here we provide you with a few tips on how to fix a leaky faucet so that you get the job done right the first time.

Identify your type of faucet

The first step is to identify your faucet type so that you can learn more about the working parts. There are a few different kinds, and many homes have ceramic-disk faucets, compression or cartridge faucets, or ball faucets. If you aren’t sure which type of faucet you have, you can take it apart for visual guidance. For example, a ball faucet has a ball bearing and a ceramic-disk faucet has a ceramic cylinder.

Get the right tools and kits for the job

Once you have identified your faucet, you need to find the right tools for the job. These often include pliers, utility knives, specifically sized screwdrivers, and more depending on your faucet. You also need to find the replacement faucet kit or specific parts that need to be fixed to ensure you have all of the tools and materials before you get started.

Turn off the water and stop up the sink

Before you get started, make sure you turn off the water to your faucet and you stop up the sink so that you don’t drop small parts down the drain. There is nothing more frustrating than having to run to the hardware store multiple times in the middle of the process, and staying organized and stopping up the sink prevents losing small parts like washers.

Involve a plumber when necessary

Be sure that you don’t use guesswork or rush the job of fixing a leaky sink because this can cause bigger issues. Even if it seems like a simple fix, there could be a deeper and more involved issue causing the problem. When the process doesn’t go as smoothly as planned, you may find yourself calling in an emergency plumber, and that can end up costing more time and money than if you had brought in a pro for the original leak.

Let SSI fix your leaky sink with ease and get your plumbing working in prime condition again. Call us today at (703) 783-9302 or click to schedule an appointment now!

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