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Tips for Fixing a Leaky Faucet

Plumbing professionals across the country answer dozens of service calls for stopping leaky faucet problems. To save their customers unnecessary costs, plumbers suggest homeowners read the following tips to understand whether they need to call a plumber for a leaky plumbing issue.

Fixing Leaky Faucet Issues

Workspace preparation: Layout all of your tools, including a crescent wrench, plumber's grease, and various sizes and types of screwdrivers. Turn off the water supply to the sink. Plumbers know that preparing your workspace properly is key to preventing leaky faucet problems.

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Faucet identification: Next, identify which type of faucet it is. Two handles are used to control the hot and cold water in compression faucets. One handle is used for the cartridge, ceramic disc, and ball-type faucets. It lifts to regulate flow and can move right or left to adjust the water temperature. To identify whether the faucet is a ceramic disc, ball-type, or cartridge faucet, remove the decorative cap. Once the cap is removed, each type can be easily identified.

Cartridge faucets: To access the o rings, you'll need to disassemble a cartridge faucet. To remove the old o rings, you will need a utility knife along with needle-nosed and pliers. You may also need to replace the whole cartridge.

Ball-type faucets: Because ball-type faucets have so many intricate parts it is best to replace the entire assembly. A ball-type faucet can be disassembled with needle-nosed tools.

Leakage problems can be fixed by plumbers, which is a lot faster than homeowners. A plumbing company can help you if you don't possess the expertise or time to fix your faucet leak.