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How To Repair a Faucet

By Edited Jul 17, 2015 0 0

If you are a homeowner, you can save a lot of money and give yourself some added peace of mind by learning how to fix your faucets on your own.

A faucet is a very important fixture in your home. Without a properly working faucet, you will have trouble getting water. But if something goes wrong with your faucets, whether in the bathroom or kitchen, it can really be inconvenient. And calling a plumber in to fix the problem may end up costing you a lot of money. Plus, if you keep having problems with your faucets, it can be a real pain to have to keep calling someone in to fix them.

Everyone who owns a home has one or more faucets installed somewhere. Usually you will have at least two faucets in your bathroom (sink and bath) if not more. In your kitchen you will have one or two. If you have more than one bathroom, you will have more faucets.

Many problems with faucets are quite easy to fix yourself. You do not need any special training or fancy tools. The problems that are a bit trickier are often still possible for you to learn how to do on your own if you are willing to invest the extra time and effort. For example, you may need to purchase specialized tools in order to solve certain problems with your faucets.

What are a few problems that can happen with faucets? There are actually quite a number of things can go wrong. Maybe you have:

  1. a leaky faucet...
  2. a dripping faucet...
  3. or a noisy faucet.

Often you can repair the faucet or simply replace a part, such as replace the O-ring on your faucet or repair the faucet valve seat. Sometimes cleaning a part fixes the problem. At other times the only solution is to replace the entire faucet. Whatever you need to do, it just depends on the specific problem you are having with your faucet.

Most Common Faucet Problem

Everyone has probably come across a dripping faucet at one time or another. What is your first impulse – to call someone else to fix it, or just to ignore it? If either of these has been your reaction in the past, then you should know that actually a dripping faucet is very easy to fix, and nearly anyone can do it.

Plus, that dripping faucet is costing you money! You are not saving money by avoiding a call to the plumber because a steady drip is adding dollars to your water bill. If it's a hot water faucet that's dripping, the wasted money will be even more.

What's the solution to a drip in your tap? Well, when your taps are turned off, a watertight seal is supposed to prevent water from coming out of the faucet. This seal is often created by a washer that fits firmly up against the faucet seat. Now if either the washer or the seat is loose or damaged, naturally some water will begin to seep through even when the tap is in the off position. The result is that annoying drip coming out of your faucet spout.

As you can imagine, if you replace the washer or repair the faucet seat, this should fix the drip. That doesn't sound too hard does it? And most faucet repairs are quite similar once you understand them: just a simple problem that can be fixed in a few easy steps.

Here are a few more problems that can go wrong with your faucets:

Leaky faucets – A leaky faucet is a bit different from a dripping faucet. However, both are easy to fix.

Problems with your faucet valve seat – The valve seat is a specific part of the faucet assembly that sometimes needs to be repaired or replaced. You will need to make sure you get the right size.

Problems with the faucet packing – This is the stuff that goes around the stem of your faucet. It is really cheap and easy to find so if you ever need to replace it you can do it yourself without calling for a plumber.

Problems with an O-Ring – An O-ring is sometimes called a toric joint. It is a mechanical gasket that sits in a groove and creates a tight seal. O-rings are inexpensive and quite simple to mount, so again if you have a problem with your O-ring in your faucet assembly you do not need to worry – you can handle this problem on your own.

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