Faucets are taps used to control water release from your sink, bathroom, or laundry area. While faucets may seem sturdy, there is a high chance that your faucet might be a bit, causing it to leak quite a bit. Faucet Dripping is a common issue and has plagued many households for quite some time.
Thankfully in most cases, you will not need to bring a plumber and can easily fix it at home with no prior experience necessary. However, there are some things you should look for and a few steps that are worth looking at to fixing a leaky faucet.
Why do Faucets Drip in the First Place?
Faucets can be divided into four distinct categories. They are either ball type, ceramic disk, compression, or cartridge. The most commonly used faucets are usually Compression based faucets. They rely on rubber bounds to seal the valve. These can degrade over time and will thus need replacing. Generally, this causes a compression faucet to leak at the base.
The other kinds of faucets generally use a different kind of seal called the O-Ring or the Neoprene seal, both of which can degrade, which as well may lead to repairing or else your faucet will keep dripping.
What to do before fixing your faucet?
Make sure that your faucet is dripping by turning off the tap very tightly. Then, put a rag on your tap and keep it tied to it by a rope or any other material. Wait for a few minutes and see if the rag is wet. If it is wet, then your faucet is dripping.
Next, you should try to check if the base of your faucet is leaking.
To do this, place the same rag but at the base of your faucet this time. There is a higher chance of the base of your faucet leaking in most cases. Remember to tape your tools with tape so you avoid scratching any of your taps or stool.
Moreover, remember to clean your sanitary equipment using white vinegar and a pad to remove any deposits or dirt found on the tap itself.
How to fix a leaking Faucet Cartridge Faucet?
A cartridge faucet is uncommon in most households nowadays. However, most of the time, you should be able to use a wrench surrounded by duct tape to remove the handle. Keep tilting the handle until you pull it off. Usually, there is a threaded clip that holds the cartridge in place. Use a needle nose and pliers to remove and then completely remove the cartridge.
You should then find the main culprit of your leaking faucet, use needle-nose pliers to take it off completely, and then pull the cartridge straight up using your brute force. You can then replace the old O-Rings found, a sealant to stop your faucet from dripping, and replace it with new ones.
How to fix a Leaky Compression Faucet?
Usually, compression faucets are the most used faucets. They can leak extremely quickly as they have a somewhat more complicated system inside them, which can leak water easily. Generally, you can unscrew a compression sink with just a screwdriver and remove the stem quite quickly.
However, it would help if you had plumber’s grease to cover the washers with it from the inside and replace the O-Ring, which is the same type used in Cartridge Faucets. They come in two sizes, 3/8 to 5/8 inch.
Make sure your O-Ring matches the size of the one in your faucet, or else it will start dripping again. If you have replaced the O-Ring, but the leaking does not stop, then there is a high chance that the seat may be stuck. If that is the case, remove the faucet’s dripping base and use any emery cloth to straighten and smooth it out.
How to fix a Ceramic Disk Faucet?
Ceramic Disk faucets perhaps are faucets that drip the most. To fix this pesky sanitation equipment, you need to remove the escutcheon cap, remove the cylinder using a screwdriver and try to remove the neoprene seals from the cylinder. There is a high chance that the cylinder and seals might be damaged. Before you replace them, rinse them with vinegar.
Move the handle to the ‘on’ position and then turn the water on exceptionally slowly. Sometimes, the force of the water itself can fracture the ceramic since it is quite fragile. Replacing the cylinder is not always necessary, especially if the base of the faucet is not leaking.
However, you should always buy new neoprene seals and change them whenever you open the faucet as it is generally the main culprit of water dripping from faucets.
How to Stop your Faucet from Leaking?
Faucets can leak due to a variety of reasons. After repairing your faucet and making it work as good as new, you should immediately identify what caused the leakage. If the water tap has too much pressure, you might need to switch your pipe to a broader variant.
If your faucet still starts leaking after a few days, chances are a faulty seal or component somewhere dripping water at the faucet base. In any case, calling a plumber might turn into a need if the issue is too hard to identify for you.
Leaking Faucets are perhaps some of the most annoying things you have to deal with it. Luckily, the instructions above cater to almost every faucet type in the world. Hopefully, that should make the process of replacing the seal and making the faucet stop leaking much easier for you.
Remember to always double-check the source of the leak before making any conclusions. Moreover, do not hesitate to call a plumber as some things can get complicated to understand, especially if you live in an older house where there might be many reasons that can lead to your faucet dripping.