How to Stop That Dripping Faucet

Faucets are everywhere in your home. There’s one at your kitchen sink, and one at each bathroom sink. There’s one in each tub and shower in your home, as well. These devices allow you to enjoy hot and cold water on demand in your home in downtown Melbourne, but they can also be problematic. Over time, faucets can begin to leak, and the constant drip, drip, drip is not only trying for your patience, but can lead to a jump in your water bill. Thankfully, you can stop that dripping faucet, and Anchor Plumbing can help if you’re not particularly DIY-minded.

Step One: Fix or Replace?

First things first – do you want to fix the faucet, or do you want to replace it? If you’ve been contemplating updating your kitchen or bathroom, now might be the ideal time to go ahead with that plan. A licensed Brevard plumbers can help you replace your sinks, tubs, faucets, vanities and more. If your faucet is particularly old, replacing it might be the wisest idea, as well.

Step Two: Get Your Tools

You’ll definitely need a few tools to fix your faucet. These are basic tools, but if you don’t have them handy, we can handle the repairs for you. You’ll need an adjustable wrench, a couple of screwdrivers (both Phillips and flat-head), and some replacement O-rings and washers for the faucet. Depending on the faucet, you might need an Allen wrench as well.

Step 3: Turn Off the Water

Before you do any type of repair work, turn off the water to the faucet. You should have access to the water supply from under the cabinet. Just turn the valves to off, and then test the faucet to make sure.

Step 4: Access the Handle Screws

Depending on the type of faucet you have, you’ll need to access the handle screws. Generally, there is a decorative cap on top of each handle. Pry it out and you should see the screw heads. Remove the screws and then take the handles off.

Step 5: Packing Nut

Now it’s time to remove the packing nut. After taking this off, you should see the stem for the faucet. It might pop off, or it might twist off. Remove it and then check it for any signs of damage.

Step 6: O-Ring and Washer

Check the valve seat and you should see both a washer and an O-ring. Remove them both and inspect them for damage. Put the new washer and O-ring in place and make sure they fit perfectly. There is no room for error here – they have to be a perfect match to the old ones. If they are, put everything back together, turn the water on and test for leaks.

If all this sounds like too much trouble, or you’re not particularly handy, Brevard plumbers can handle the repairs in a very short amount of time.

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