If you’ve got water collecting beneath your sink, or have to put up with the incessant dripping noises throughout the night, chances are you’re fed up with your leaky faucet. A leaky faucet isn’t just an annoyance either. If not given proper attention it could turn into a serious issue. That’s why Farnen & Dermer, your Baltimore plumbers, are here with steps you can take to fix a leaky faucet.
Before we get into the nuts and bolts of fixing a leaky faucet, know that you’re almost always better off calling in a plumbing professional, otherwise you risk doing more harm than good. But if you’re determined to DIY, then you should Do It Right. Before you start you’ll need these tools:
- Adjustable wrench; C wrench
- Phillips and/or flat-head screwdriver
- Penetrating oil, such as WD-40 or CRC
- Replacement washers and O-rings
Step 1: Before you go hog-wild with your tools, make sure to turn your water supply off, using both the handles or knobs over the sink, and the toggles below the sink that connect to your water main.
Step 2: Take any decorative parts off of the handles or knobs using a flathead screwdriver to pry or unscrew them. Under each knob or handle there are screws that attach the handles to their stems. Unscrew them and remove the handles completely.
Step 3: Take a wrench and loosen the exposed packing nut that was attached to the handle. Then remove the stem. Some sinks feature stems that can be easily popped off, while others may need to be twisted off from the valve. Examine any parts you remove for signs of damage.
Step 4: If all the parts you’ve removed at this point are completely intact, examine the O-ring or washer inside the valve, which are often the cause of leaky faucets. If damaged, remove and replace the washer or O-ring. It’s vital to be certain that the replacement parts fit exactly with your existing sink. Check to see if the inside of the valve fits a flat or cone-shaped washer. You can also usually take an old O-ring to a hardware store and have someone there help find the correct size.
Step 5: Reassemble the sink with all the parts in this order: washer/O-ring, stem, packing nut, screw, and handle. Turn your water back on slowly to see if the leak is fixed.
Need Additional Plumbing Help?
If the above hasn’t fixed your leaky faucet, or if you’re worried about damaging your plumbing system, call Farnen & Dermer. With years of experience in all manner of plumbing and HVAC repair, our experts can repair your leaky faucet or any other plumbing problem quickly, affordably, and correctly.
Call us at (410)-902-0020. You can also use our online contact form. You will be contacted by a member of our support staff within 24 business hours.