Drip, drip, drip, crazy, crazy, crazy! Is this your leaking faucet and you? The dripping sound that too in a perfect peaceful night may make you crazy. Your leaky faucet may well be costing you sleepless nights and now you know that it is no less a torture. Even when you are out from home and the range of the drippings, all you can think of is the dripping sound of the leaking faucet at your home. Actually, this drippy sound is something that just makes a permanent place at the back of your head and even when you are distracted, it keeps on reminding you of it. You may well have thought about calling out a plumber. However, today affording a plumber has become like being able to afford a Mercedes; plumbing has become too costly these days. However, leaky faucet is something, which you be glad to do without. Leaky faucet is something; you should get rid of immediately, as it results in wastage of water and increasing your water bill as well. You don’t have to call a plumber for that as it is something which can be done at home via DIY. However, troubleshooting will depend upon the working of your faucet - whether it is washer-type or one without a washer. You can fix the leakage yourself depending on the amount of work required. If it is a washer-type faucet, this article is the right for you. Check out the instructions given in the following lines and learn how to get rid of a leaky faucet easily.
Fixing A Leaky Faucet
- Standard Flathead Screwdriver
- Scrub Pad
- Drop Cloth
- Turn off the water supply to the faucet. You would need to locate the handle under the sink.
- Cover the counter with drop cloths or a dry towel. In order to prevent parts of tools jamming the drain hole, cover it with a rug.
- Unscrew the setscrew of the faucet.
- Pry off the handle of the faucet by using a flathead screwdriver. After you have removed the handle, you would see the compression cartridge which is held in place by what is called as six sided retaining jam nut which you need to remove in order to fix the faucet.
- In order to remove the jam nut, which holds the compression cartridge of the faucet, secure a wrench over it. the wrench should be of correct size.
- Turn the wrench counter-clockwise to loosen the jam nut. Remove the cartilage by unscrewing the retaining nut.
- The washer, held by a setscrew, needs to be replaced. To do this, remove the screw and then the washer.
- Replace the old washer with a new one.
- After the new washer is set in its place, screw the setscrew to secure it in position.
- After you have positioned the washer, take grease and apply it generously over the thread and the body of the cartridge, which will help it slide into position without any difficulty. The handle will turn very easily and there wouldn’t be any leakage.
- Now you need to give the finishing touch to your job. Replace the retaining nut softly. It will itself get fit properly. Don’t use much force to push it back.
- Now put the plastic handle back and secure it with the screw, popping the plastic top on. Turn the water from the main source, turn the faucet off, and see if the faucet stops running. When the faucet stops running, that means you have gotten rid of the drip!