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Home Improvement  /  September 19, 2017

Easy Steps To Fix A Leaky Faucet

Repairing a leaky faucet on your own may seem challenging, but it’s actually easier than you might think. In fact, you can finish the task within an hour. When any of your faucets start to drip non-stop, make sure to address it promptly to avoid wasting water. Handyman Connection of Matthews discusses steps to fix a leaky faucet:

Leaky Faucet

Prepare The Tools

The equipment you need may differ slightly depending on the faucet you’re fixing. In addition to large slip-joint pliers and screwdrivers, you’ll need a set of small Allen wrenches as well.

Identify The Source Of Leaks

Examine the faucet carefully to figure out where the water is coming from. You shouldn’t skip this step as leaks from the base of the spout need a different repair than drips from the end of the spout. After determining the source, close the water supply to the faucet using the shutoff valves under the sink or the main water valve to your entire home.

Take The Faucet Apart

If you’re doing this for the first time, getting a camera to record yourself will help you remember how to put your faucet back together again. Be sure to place the parts aside in the order they were removed. This way, you won’t have problems reassembling the unit.

Replace The Damaged Components

Note the brand name on the faucet to help you find the appropriate replacement parts. To ensure you’re getting the right ones, bring the old parts with you when you visit the store.

Examine the interior of the valve for bits of damaged gaskets. Soak the mineral deposits in vinegar to loosen them and clean the surface using a cloth. If there is slow water flow, the plugged holes in the faucet body may be the culprit. Use your screwdriver to clean them out. Before replacing old parts and setting up the faucet, you may turn on the water shutoff valve a little to expel the debris that may have loosened.

If you need professional assistance with your leaky faucet, turn to Handyman Connection of Matthews right away. Contact us at (704) 246-4411 or fill out our form to get a free estimate.

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