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How to Stop a Drippy Faucet

July, 30th, 2012

Did you know that a drippy faucet is the most common plumbing problem in a home? The drip, drip, drip that just won’t stop, is typically caused by a worn out rubber washer in the stem of the faucet handle. Like most everything in life, repeated use of off and on will wear out the parts inside your faucet.

Stopping the drip

  1. Figuring out which type of faucet you have is the first step to fixing the drip.
  2. Compression faucets are like opening and closing a bottle. If you loosen the lid the water will flow and if you turn it the other way until it is tightened securely, the water will stop.
  3. Washerless faucets use a, ball, ceramic disc or cartridge. Each of these works by using holes that when they are aligned the water will flow and when the holes are turned so that the holes don’t align, there is no water.
  4. Gather your tools: flat screwdriver, Philips screwdriver, and pliers.
  5. Turn off the water supply. Most homes today have individual shutoff valves for each plumbing fixture. If you are working on an older home, you will need to turn off the water at the main water shut off valve.
  6. Take the handle off. You may need to remove the plastic covering that usually indicates hot or cold. Once you have removed the plastic cover you should see the screws that are holding the handle on.
  7. Once it is taken apart, examine all the parts carefully and figure out what is worn out or broken.
  8. Replace each washer, seal, or O-rings that needs replaced. Be sure to only replace these items with the correct replacement parts. Remember it only takes one little gap for the drip, drip, drip to continue.
  9. Inspect all the other parts for corrosion or other build up that may need to be cleaned off. Be careful not to scratch or dent any of the metal because that could also cause a leak.
  10. Once you are confident that everything is now in good repair you can reassemble the faucet.
  11. Lastly, turn your water back on and enjoy the quiet.

If at any time during the process you aren’t sure you can fix the problem yourself, stop and call a licensed plumber. You do not want to make your drip, drip, drip into a major water problem.

For fast, friendly, and competent plumbing work, call Corley Plumbing & Air at 864-501-5804 today.