Friday, April 20, 2012

How to repair a leaking faucet

There are many kinds of faucets that you can purchase fro your home needs. However, you have to consider the models as well as makes. common faucets fall on two basic types which are washer type faucets and the wash less type faucets. There are some jobs you really need a professional plumber to do, however simple jobs like this can be done by yourself.

How to repair leaky washer type faucets

These are the kinds of faucets which work with composition washer or rubber washer which close onto a metal washer seat. This washer can be hardened or worn or even seat wears which will cause it to leak.
The leak can be stopped by closing the faucet tighter, but this will be a temporary measure. It will increase the internal damage of the faucet therefore there is need to have full repair initiated so that normal operation of the faucet is resumed.

In order to repair the leak you need to first of all turn the water off. You can do it at the shutoff valve point, which is normally under the fixture or just at the main house shutoff valve located in the basement, crawlspace or utility room. Consequently, turn off water supply at water heater.

Take your faucet apart by removing handle. Loosen head screw which is under the decorative cap at the center of the handle. This cap can either unscrew or just snap off when you use a knife blade to pry off. This will expose the rest of stem.

Proceed to remove the stem by rotating it which will make it to thread out. Later you can reinstall the handle, clean the chips from faucet cavity but not with a harsh file or abrasive.

Carefully examine the stem if there is any corrosion of the thread or worn. You can take it to the retailer so that you can get a new match of the stem. However clean it first if it has any dirt. Examine the washer which is at the lower end of stem held by brass screw. If there is a worn groove toy can make the replacement this will stop the dripping.

You can also take the washer to the dealer so that you get the exact match in both style and size. The washer seat is inside the faucet body and it is not possible to know if it is the one causing the leaking by just looking at it. Most faucets needing washer replacement have damaged seat, which you can reface with seat dressing tool. You should have one of those as they are not costly. You can follow through the instructions of the manufacturer in using the tool and place it alongside packing nut, rotate until seat is smooth then blow out created chips.

It is often convenient for you to install the right type of faucet washer so that it can work effectively as you wanted or it is supposed to. This kind of repair will help you to effectively manage your faucet so that you do not have to spend more than it is necessary or even buy a new one which is a whole different kind of cost.

This article was written by Geoff Smith who is a home improvements expert in repairs to installations. He lives and works in Brisbane. Geoff is a Brisbane Builder and home improvement fanatic.
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