Plumber Recommended Methods for Fixing a Leaky Faucet
One: Clean the Faucet’s Aerator
Our San Antonio plumbers know that faucets are used on a daily basis inside a home, and the items require an occasional repair. There are steps that our customers can use to fix a faucet, or they can call us to make a repair.
One of the most common problems with a faucet is when the aerator begins to spray out of the sides or water will not flow from the faucet. This is due to a buildup of sediment on the faucet’s aerator screen, and it is easy to remove this mechanism to clean it before screwing it back on tightly.
Two: Tightening the Handle Bolts on a Faucet
Another frequent problem with a faucet is having a leak around a handle, and a customer can lift the decorative cover from the underlying components to tighten a screw that is underneath.
Have an assortment of screwdrivers available to choose the correct one to make this repair. After the screw is tightened, clean the handle carefully to remove moisture and replace the decorative cover carefully.
Three: Changing the Seat Washers
Some faucets have small rubber seat washers that are placed around various components inside the faucet. These inexpensive devices become cracked eventually and require replacing to prevent moisture leaks from the base of the faucet’s spigot or handles.
Take the faucet apart to determine the size of washer needed, and insert new washers in the correct locations before putting the faucet back together correctly.
Four: Loose Parts inside the Faucet
A faucet can develop loose parts inside that permit moisture to leak. We recommend taking the entire faucet apart to tighten components carefully and removing moisture to prevent corrosion.
It is helpful to have the diagram or schematic of the faucet to understand how to dismantle the device without damaging components. Make sure to put the faucet back together correctly to prevent additional leaks.
Five: Tightening the Base
Occasionally, a faucet will leak at its base because something inside the device is worn or loose, and this leads to removing the entire device from the back of the sink in your San Antonio home in order to tighten all of the screws and mechanisms. This is a good time to clean debris from the faucet and replace its washers to ensure it operates correctly.
For additional assistance with the faucets in your San Antonio, TX home, contact A&A Plumbing at 210-566-2665.