A leaky faucet is frustrating and wastes water quickly, adding to your utility bill. Faucet problems should be fixed right away in order to avoid these inconveniences. Follow the expert advice of Action Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning to get this taken care of.
1. First, turn off the water valves, which are usually located under the sink.
2. Turn on the sink to remove any remaining water. Check to see where the leak is coming from.
3. If there is leaking around the handles, first lightly pry off the decorative handle (if there is one) with a flathead screwdriver or utility knife. You will then have access to the set screw that holds the handle in place.
4. Use the Phillips-head screwdriver to take the screw out. The handle should then easily pop off; if not, use the flathead screwdriver to help.
5. Then, use the adjustable wrench to tighten down on the remaining valve piece that is still attached to the rest of the faucet. Remove any excess water with the towel and check to see if the leak is still present.
6. If the faucet is still leaking, use the wrench to remove the valve from the rest of the sink. Clean the bottom of the valve with an abrasive pad, removing any corrosion.
7. Check the rubber washer for any cracks or tears. If damage exists, take the screw out to remove the old washer and put a new washer on. Make sure it is the correct size for your type of valve.
8. Replace the screw, then reattach the valve and handle. If leaks still exist, this may be the sign of a bigger problem, like a larger internal leak. Action Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning has 24-hour services for your convenience. Visit their site or call 866-688-9774 for a free estimate.