2 Simple Ways To Fix Your Dripping Faucet

If you have a dripping faucet, the sound of the constant drip may annoy you. That aggravating noise is also the sound of money being wasted since a leaking faucet can waste up to 3,000 gallons per year. If you would like to fix the problem yourself, try the following simple ways to fix your dripping faucet.

Check The O-Ring For Damage

The faucet's O-ring is part of the stem that holds the valve handles in place. If it becomes worn or loose, water can leak through and cause the faucet to drip either out of the spigot or under the handles.

To check the condition of the O-rings for both handles, turn off the water to your sink. Then, use a screwdriver to remove each handle. Once you have uncovered the stems, look for a black ring around the base of each one.

Inspect the condition of the O-rings. If there are any worn edges or cuts in them, they need to be replaced. Replacements can be found in hardware stores and home improvement centers. When you go to get the new ones, have your faucet's model number with you.

Once you have the new rings, pull off the old ones. You can then, snap the new rings in place and replace the handles. If the leak is still threre, go on to the next section to replace the washers.

If the rings appear to be in good shape but are not tightly set around the bases, use your thumbs to press them back into place. Replace the handles, turn on the water, and see if the dripping has stopped. If not, go on to the next section. 

Replace The Washers On The Valve Stems

The washers can also be found on the valve stems. They are thick pieces of rubber that seal off the water's flow when you turn the handles off. However, if they are worn out, they are no longer able to seal completely, leading to a dripping faucet.

Turn off the water and remove the handles as discussed in the previous section. Then, you should inspect the condition of the washers. If the surfaces are rough or worn down, replace them with new ones by popping the old ones off and pushing the new ones into place. The washers can be found anywhere plumbing supplies are sold. Once you have the new washers in place, replace the handles and turn on the water to see if the faucet still drips.

After trying one or both of the following fixes, your faucet may still drip. If so, the leak may be caused by a more serious issue. If you cannot get your faucet to stop dripping yourself, you may want to contact a plumbing service, like Allright Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning, so they can inspect the damage and recommend the needed repairs.