Ask a San Diego Plumber – How to Fix a Leaky Faucet
Leaky faucets can be very problematic in any home. Not only does a leaky faucet mean that you are wasting water with every drop, but it can also cause unsightly stains to form in your sinks, on the floor and in other areas around your home. Because of all of these reasons, it is very important that you fix your leaky faucets as quickly as possible.
What Causes a Leaky Faucet?
There are many things that cause leaky faucets. In some cases it is an old washer, or a loose connection. In other cases, it could be an improper installation that is causing the problem.
One of the first things that you should do whenever you have a leaky faucet is turn off the water supply to that faucet. This is one of the first steps in any San Diego plumbing project. After you have done this, you will need to disassemble your faucet in order to find the washer and replace this. Make sure that you find an exact replacement for the washer, as it must fit snugly. Pay close attention to how you took it apart, as you will need to reassemble in the same manner.
Because kitchen faucets have such a large range of motion, they can be a bit more difficult to troubleshoot and fix. To start with these, unscrew the cap end and remove your old washer. You can then replace it with a brand new washer and put everything back together.
Although washers are one of the most common causes of leaky faucets, it is important to spend some time determining the exact cause of the leak. Use your tools to tighten all fittings and see if you can find exactly where the water is leaking out. If you still have trouble, call a plumber San Diego, such as our team at ACE Contractors. We’ll be more than happy to help out.