Leaky Faucets: What They Mean and What You Can Do About Them

Leaky Faucets: What They Mean and What You Can Do About Them

All of us know the annoyingly familiar drip-drop of a leaky faucet but have you ever paused and tried to figure out the problem? Leaky faucets may seem like a tiny problem to worry about in the grand scheme of things but they can indicate more serious issues in your home’s plumbing. Fixing leaky faucets can also save up to 140 gallons of water a week as well as reduce your water bill!

Here’s what you need to know about leaky faucets, why they happen and what you can do to nip this problem in the bud.

Where’s the Water Coming From?

The first thing you can do is just see where the leak is situated. Water can leak from the head of the faucet, which you’ll be able to see from the constant dripping. If the water isn’t dripping from the head of the faucet but you still suspect a leak, try drying the water from the sink area and then checking if water appears at the base of the faucet. This will indicate where the actual problem lies.

What Are You Dealing With?

The most common problem associated with leaky faucets is loose, damaged and eroded fixtures due to water exposure and pressure.

In order to fix those, you’ll have to locate and turn off the main water supply to the sink first. Depending on the type of faucet you have, this can be very simple or quite complex.

First, you have to identify if your faucet is a compression or ball-type faucet. A compression faucet has handles you can screw shut to stop the water, whereas a ball-type has one handle that you can pull up or down and from side to side.

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The Easy Fix

The best way to deal with a leaky faucet is to call in a plumbing service to help. If you have the time and experience; you can do it yourself. You simply have to disassemble the faucet and replace the problem parts. For a compression faucet, you have to take off the top of the handle, unscrew the handle screw and then using a crescent wrench, and unscrew the packing nut. Replace the O-ring, which is a common cause of leaks. A ball-type faucet most likely will need to be replaced completely.

Even with all of this help, you still might feel overwhelmed or have a more complex faucet system. Call a Residential Plumber Reno who understands the common water problems in your area and can fix it with minimum stress to you. Call Johnson Plumbing at 775-204-7780 for 24/7 plumbing services.

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