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One of the most annoying things that can happen in your bathroom or kitchen is the occurring nagging problem of a leaky faucet in your sink or lavatory. A leaking faucet will need to be fixed as soon as possible to prevent any further damage to your bathroom or kitchen. You can replace the entire faucet or you can repair the valves and faucets you already have. There are two options you have when you decide to get this problem fixed. You can do the research and tackle the problem yourself or you can call a qualified plumber to fix the problem for you. A plumber will know the steps it will take to fix the problem.
It can be annoying if you try to do this yourself and find out you do not have the proper tools to get the job done. We will look at the steps that will be necessary for the plumber to solve the problem for you.
The very first thing a plumber will do is gather the tools need to fix your problem. Here is a list of tools he will be using:
- Adjustable wrench and a C wrench
- Phillips and flat-head screwdriver
- Penetrating oil such as WD-40 or CRC
- Replacement Washers or O-rings
After gathering the tools needed the plumber will follow the steps need to perform the task at hand. Here are the steps that will need to be followed.
Step 1: You will need to find source of the water and cut the water supply to the faucet. In most cases, you will find a shut off valve located under the faucet that needs repairing. In any case, be sure the water supply is shut off.
Step 2: Remove the handles that are on the faucet valves. This can usually be done by removing the screw at the top of the handle and pry the handle up with the flat headed screwdriver. If the handle seemed to be secure you can add a small amount of penetrating oil to help loosen the handles.
Step 3: Use the wrench to loosen the packing nut. After that you should notice the valve stem. The stem will need to be removed. Depending on the faucet the stem will need to be twisted out or popped out. Be sure to check the stem for any damage.
Step 4: Inspect the washer that is found on the end of the valve stem or in the faucet seat where the valve stem is located. In most cases, you will find the washer or O-ring torn, cracked or deteriated. I any case the washer or O-ring will need to be replaced.
Step 5: Carefully reassemble the faucet making sure that you have all the washers and rings in the proper place. Slowly turn the water supply back on and inspect for any leaks.
With today’s technology, it is always a great idea to have any type of maintenance work performed by professionally trained tradesman. Contact your local plumbing contractor for any plumbing needs you may have.