Leaking faucets cannot be ignored. This problem is not just a minor expense. An ordinary leaking faucet, if left unturned, could waste up to 3,000 gallons of water a year. In other words, the cost of this problem can be much higher than expected. It's actually easy to fix a leaking faucet yourself. Just follow these steps:

First steps

Before starting work, turn off the water at the tap. Place a towel or small towel on the sink drain to prevent parts from falling when you operate the faucet.

Determine what type of faucet you have. This will determine how to resolve the problem. If you have two handles (one for hot water and one for cold water) it means you have a compression tap. The single handle faucet on top of the ball is a spherical faucet. Some one-hand taps have a filter inside. This is a cartridge cock. If your handle doesn't appear to be mounted on a ball, it could be this type.

Repair leaking compression cock

Attaching a pressure tap is usually as simple as changing the seat cushion and o-ring. First, remove the decorative handle cover and use a wrench to unscrew the nut to reveal the stem underneath.

Then remove the valve stem. Below are o-rings (thin circles) and washers (thicker).

If the handle leaks, replace the o-ring. If the only problem is a leaking faucet, replace the seat cushion. However, be sure to hold both the O-ring and the seat cushion at the same time. The new need corresponds to its size. Take them to a hardware store for a proper replacement.

After replacing the required parts, reassemble the handle and monitor the faucet for signs of future leaks. Probably not.

Repair leaking ball valve

The best way to fix a leaky faucet is to simply replace all of the critical parts with a new kit. These types of faucets have many components. Most hardware stores have kits for components that can cause leaks.

Let go of the handle until it can be easily removed. Set it aside and use pliers to remove the hat and collar. Next, use the tool included in the kit to loosen the faucet cam. After loosening it, remove it with the washer and ball. Use pliers to remove the inlet seal and spring from the valve body.

Remove the old o-rings, apply pipe grease to and install the new o-rings. As always, make sure they are the right size.

Your kit should include replacements for cams, valve seats, and springs. Repeat the above process backward to install them. Instructions for this process may also be included in the kit. When you're done, turn the water back on and check the faucet for leaks.

Repair leaking faucet

Pry up the decorative handle and unscrew it. It should now be easy to pull back to remove. If your faucet has a plastic retaining clip to hold the cartridge in place (not all faucets work), use pliers to remove it.

Pull out the ink cartridge and remove the nozzle. Remove the old o-rings, apply the plumber's grease to and install the new o-rings.

Next, just repeat the above steps to reassemble the faucet.

This task is not as difficult as you think. If the faucet is still leaking after following the steps above, please contact a professional plumber. You will find out why.

In no case do not ignore leaking faucets. When you find a problem, take a moment to resolve it. You will save a lot of money in the long run.

Leaking faucet
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