When a leaky faucet is dripping slowly, it is easy to ignore the problem, but even a small leak can waste a lot of water over time, so don’t wait to fix it. It is also costing you money, either on your water bill or in the amount of money you spend each month running your well pump.
If you decide to tackle your leaky faucet yourself, you will need to make sure you have the tools and replacement parts needed before you get started. There are also how-to videos available online that will walk you through the process step-by-step.
Tools you may need:
- ¼ inch allen wrench
- Needle-nose pliers
- Tongue and groove pliers
- Replacement parts, which may vary depending on the brand and type of faucet
Before you start any plumbing job, you will need to turn off the water. If your leaky faucet is in the kitchen or at the bathroom sink, it will probably have its own cutoff valves under the sink. Bathtubs don’t usually have this feature, so you will have to cut water off to the whole building before proceeding.
After you cut off the water, you will need to drain the line of the rest of the water by turning on the faucet. Once this is done, you can take off the handle by removing the screw cover and then the screw. Once this is done, the handle should lift off. Some leaks occur around the cap and adjusting ring just under the handle. These can be fixed by tightening with needle-nose pliers. If this is not the problem, the most likely culprit is the seats and springs, which is a little more complicated to repair.
A leaky faucet is a job that can sometimes be taken care of without a professional, but when in doubt, it is definitely a good idea to turn to someone with experience and know-how to complete this type of repair.