Plumber Recommended Methods for Fixing a Leaky Faucet
It is estimated that nearly 10,000 gallons of water is wasted each year by households experiencing leaks. Fortunately, there are several effective methods plumbers recommend for repairing or stopping a leak. Here are several tips for repairing a leaky faucet in your Allentown home.
Problems with damaged O-ring
Over time, the O-ring can become worn. This commonly occurs with cartridge, disc or ball faucets. As the ring deteriorates, leaks are much more likely to happen. When people experience leaks just along the handle, it usually is a result of a worn O-ring. Once the O-ring is replaced, the leaking problem is usually resolved.
Replacing a rubber washer on a compression faucet
A worn rubber washer on a compression faucet can lead to a problem with leaks. The washer is subjected to an enormous amount of pressure as the friction takes its toll on the part. Removing the worn rubber washer and replacing it with a newer one can stop the leak.
Replacing the stem on a leaky faucet
First, you must verify that the stem has damage. If there appears to be damage, then the stem should be replaced by one of the style. If not, it can be cleaned with a vinegar-based solution and re-attached. The decorative cap covering the knob must first be removed.
A basic flat-head screwdriver is usually enough to successfully remove the screw holding the knob in place. Both the washer on the bottom of the stem and the damaged stem should be replaced during the process.
Corrosion and faucet leak problems
If the leaking happens near the handle area, corrosion may be a problem. This may mean that you have to spray lubricant in order to successfully remove the handle if it has become lodged. A socket and wrench can be used to remove the valve and its screws.
The washer should be replaced. The pipe should be wrapped with Teflon tape to seal the leak. The valve should then be screwed back in place. Once the handle is firmly attached, test the faucet for additional leaking.
A leaky faucet happens for a number reasons. Some people feel perfectly comfortable with completing a simple repair on their own. Others who are more reluctant should contact a licensed professional Allentown plumber to successfully resolve the leak.
For quality services in your Allentown, PA home, call (610) 991-7098, and contact Schuler Service Inc. to get your leaky faucet resolved.