How Do I Stop A Faucet from Leaking—For Good?
Faucet leaks can cost you a great deal in terms of water bills. The small drips add up, and by the end of the month, you have lost a couple of gallons. Leaky faucets can flood your house, especially when the sink clogs or gets filled with water in situations where the sinkhole is closed with a plug. However, we do not mean to scare you with these, but rather to caution you. And the good news is, these leaky faucets can be fixed easily. Read on to find out “How Do I Stop A Faucet from Leaking—For Good?”
A typical faucet will leak due to corrosion, mineral deposits, defective gasket, O-rings, or washers. These drippings will range between small drops to continuous streams depending on the cause. Therefore, faucets drips and repair will depend on the type of faucet installed in your home. The Coachella Valley has the 4 th hardest water in the United States, so we see this problem a lot.
4 Different Types of Faucets
These faucets are washerless and are commonly used in kitchen sinks. They have a single handle attached to a rounded cap directly above the sprout. Ball faucets leak more since they have the least number of parts compared to other faucet types.
These faucets are characterized by a single lever over a wide cylindrical body. Disc faucets feature an advanced technology called pressure balance cartridge, which mixes cold and hot water inside a chamber. They are of high quality and need minimal repair.
Cartridge Faucet (2-Handle)
These are the most versatile faucet types. In most cases, they are installed with double handles and, in other cases, single. They are referred to as cartridge faucets since they have a cartridge that is inserted at the O-ring. This is the one we deal with most when dealing with our local clients in Indio, Palm Desert and Palm Springs.
Compression Water Faucet
The dominant feature of the compression water faucet is the separate hot and cold water handle. These faucets are highly prone to leaks due to the turning and tightening that need to be done to close off water flow.
Since cartridge faucets are the most complex ones, fixing leaks will require some basic plumbing knowledge. You will need first to diagnose the leaky handle, whether it’s the hot or cold side. Once you have identified it, you will need some supplies such as a crescent wrench, a screwdriver, and a hex driver. Open the cap on top of the handle, locate the cartridge, and replace it with a new one. Once all is done, put back the handle, and the leak should be fixed.
How To Fix A Leaky Compression Faucet
Compression faucets are installed with a rubber washer that’s usually found underneath the cartridge. To fix drippings from this type of faucet, you need to replace the rubber seat washer on the side that’s damaged. After you have identified which side is causing the leak by turning the water on and off at the supply unit, you need to open the handle and replace the rubber washer with a new one, and the drippings should be solved.
How To Fix A Leaky Ceramic-disk Faucet
A disc faucet is quite an advanced model. However, to fix drippings, you need to change the ceramic disc that is found on the handle. To reach for it, you first make sure that you have turned off the water, open the top of the handle using an Allen wrench, twist the plastic covering the ceramic counterclockwise to expose the cartridge. Once you see the cartridge, remove, and replace it with a new one, and this should fix the leak.
How To Fix A Ball-Type Faucet
You will need an Allen wrench, flat head screwdriver, Philips head screwdriver, and a cleaner such as vinegar to remove mineral build-up. To reach for the ball, you will need to loosen the screw using Allen wrench to remove the lever handle. Remove the retainer nut and gasket too. Then remove the ball, seats, and springs using the screwdriver. Since you will need to replace the ball, seats, and springs with exact matches, you will have to visit a hardware store near you with the old parts for matching. Once you have the new parts, clean up the faucet body, and replace the old ones, which should fix the leaks.
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