Information Provided by a Professional Plumbing Contractor
Whether it’s the annoying dripping sound that keeps you up all night or you you have water pooling under your sing, a leaky faucet is a problem that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. If the faucet is not fixed in a timely manner, the problems can turn into a serious issue that may lead to severe water damage. Luckily, fixing a leaky faucet is not as hard as you may think. However, if you don’t want to get your hands dirty, then you should call a professional plumbing contractor.
Shut off the main water valve
The first thing that you need to do is close the main water valve. This way, you can work on your faucet without having to worry that you may flood your entire home. Many faucets are equipped with handles that allow you to turn the water off locally. All you have to do is rotate those handles clockwise.
Expose the crews in the faucet
Most faucet knobs have decorative plastic parts. These parts have two purposes: add beauty to the faucet and protect the screws from corrosion. After you remove the plastic decorative parts, you will have access to the screws. This will allows you to disassemble the faucet.
Loosen the packing nut
Using a wrench, try to loosen up the packing nut so that you can have access to the stem. Remove both parts and inspect them for any damage. Stems usually wear out pretty fast, so if you see any signs of damage on yours, then you’ll have to replace it.
Check the O-ring
Under the stem, you will find an O-ring. It is advisable to replace it even if it looks okay. Make sure that the replacement O-rings and washers are an exact fit. If they are too big or small, they will wear out faster or make your faucet leak water.
Assemble everything back, and retest your faucet. If it is still leaking, then you may have to replace the entire part altogether. We strongly suggest you hire a professional plumbing contractor for the job. Perfection Plumbing of Riverside is located in Riverside CA, and we offer quality and reliable services.
All you have to do is call us at (951) 228-0092.