At some point you are bound to come across a leaky faucet. You might move into a rental and decide to fix the leaky faucet yourself, or perhaps you have recently purchased a house and want to practice some of the repairs on your own. No matter the case, fixing a leaky faucet can be simple. Taking these preparatory steps will help you fix the problem right away.
1. Shut Off Water to the Sink
Ensure that you cut off the water supply entirely to avoid a geyser situation in your kitchen or bathroom. Shut-off valves are generally found under the sink, but if you do not have one in the room in question you will likely have to shut off the main water valve that allows water to the whole house.
2. Close the Sink's Drain
Parts can fall into the drain hole, so it is important to have it closed and covered while you are working on the leak. In fact, it is also a good idea to keep the drain covered with a rag as a preventative measure.
3. Know Which Type of Faucet You Have
Faucets tend to come in four different types. You might have a cartridge, ball, ceramic disc, or compression sink. Each type of sink uses different parts, like washers for example. Additionally, each type of faucet may last different amounts of time before a leak occurs. For instance, faucets that do not use washers are more likely to spring leaks.
4. Remove Decorative Components of Faucet Knobs
Typically, you can unscrew from the mounts that attach the stem and handle to take off decorative elements. Not only does this get those parts out of the way, but it also allows you to prevent damage caused to them.
5. Look for Signs of Corrosion
Corrosion is not uncommon in the areas you will be working with as you fix the leak. Be on the lookout for anything that looks like rust as you work around the sink. You may need to consider replacement for corroded parts.
6. Use a Piece of Tape to Prevent Scratching
Afraid of ruining your faucet or other decorative elements in the middle of a repair? A handy trick might help. Stick a piece of tape or two to your wrench to prevent scratching as you work.
Unfortunately, there are some times when fixing a leaky faucet simply does not work. It may be time to call the plumber for assistance.