How to Repair a Leaky Faucet in 11 Easy Steps
The annoying drip of a leaky tap keeps you awake at night or it can increase your water bills. Are you tired of it? Do you want a quick solution to this problem? But, don't want to pay hefty fees to a plumber? No worries, you are at right place. I will show you 11 simple and easy steps to stop this annoying drip. It is easier and simpler than you think. You just need some tools and materials. So, shall we start?
Tools and Materials
- Adjustable C - wrench
- Flat head screwdriver
- New Rubber washers
- Small Water bucket
The following diagram identifies the essential parts of the tap. Kindly understand them well before you start.
How to Fix: 11 Steps
The first thing you need to do is turn off the cold and hot water supply. You can easily do this by stopcocks. For that, you will have to check where is your stopcock lying. It is generally located underneath your sink or in your backyard or sometimes under your stairs. Once your turn off the water, turn on the tap and let the water drain completely from the water lines.
Take important precautions before you start. Put a small water bucket underneath the sink, in case the water drips or flows out; so that you don't spoil the floor. Put a basin rubber plug-in, so that when we open the assembly of tap and the little screw parts which pop out don't go down to the drain pipe.
Take out the handle, remove the screw cover, then with the help of screwdriver unscrew the handle and pull it out.
To uncover the tap valve beneath; keep aside a tap handle and top covering.
Utilize the adjustable spanner to loosen up the tap valve so that you unscrew the bottom valve from the tap seat.
You will see a black rubber at the bottom which is called the rubber washer. It may be fixed with a screw. You need to simply unscrew it, and the rubber washer will come off. That washer makes your tap leaky. It is going to perish over the time and that stops the nice tight seal between the top and bottom part of the tap.
Now fix a new rubber washer on the top of the valve and fix it back on tap seat with a screw.
Now fix the valve of tap and tighten it with a help of C - wrench and spanner.
Now fix the covering cap on the valve with a top handle on it and gently tighten it with a screwdriver. (Don't give too much pressure; else you might disturb the alignment of the tap.)
You will have to turn the water on for testing. (Ensure that the tap is properly fixed and closed. Only then you can turn on the stopcock, otherwise you will end up having a sudden water splash on you.)
Once it is tested and you ensure that water in not dripping, take out the bucket and clean the surroundings.
There we go no more dripping tap and now you can have peaceful midnight sleep. Just imagine how much money you have saved on the plumber's fees. Keep in mind, if you are renting a property or even selling your property just a little repair like dripping tap can make it look very well maintained and clean.
A small tap leakage can waste 4 gallons of water a day, so for the sake our planet, fix that dripping tap.
Health & Safety
- Don't forget to wear safety gears like hand gloves or goggles (Don't be overconfident as we are not professional plumbers)
- Be aware of children while working and never let children to utilize or handle the tools.
- Ensure that all the nearby electrical devices are switched off.
11 Easy Steps on How to Repair a Leaky Tap or Faucet
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