How to fix a leaky faucet
With water conservation becoming an increasingly important issue, March 22 is now designated as World Water Day. Almost 700 million people across the world go without secure access to clean water. People without such a basic necessity must travel miles in search water to keep themselves and their loved ones alive.
Dripping faucets are not only an annoyance in the home, but a waste of valuable water, so here’s what you can do today to conserve water.
Fixing Leaky Faucets
It is estimated that a leaky faucet dripping once per second can accumulate upwards of 2,500 gallons of water per year, wasted. It’s vital you have such an issue looked at.
First, stop the flow of water to the faucet. This can be achieved by first locating the shut-off valve, and then turning clockwise. Be sure the sink areas is clear, with nothing likely to fall down the drain.
The type of faucet you have will determine the next course of action.
Locate both the handles and the nut beneath the handles, and remove them. Now pull the stem out, inserting a seat washer coated in grease in its place. With faulty handles, the O-ring should also be replaced. With handle reattached, the leaks should cease.
In this instance, complete replacement kits for ball faucets are the best way to go. Again, remove the handle, as well as the cap and collar (use pliers). The cam operating the faucet should also be removed. Using pliers (needle-nose) should be used to remove inner inlet seals/springs. With this configuration, O-rings and valve seats can be inserted, as well as the springs and cam washers in the kit. Again, reattach the handle and the problem should be solved.
Begin again by removing the handle. In the event that a retaining clip is attached, remove this with pliers. As with compression faucets, O-rings (here located upon removal of spout) should be replaced with a grease coating. Put the handle back on and the fix should be complete.
Incurring a slightly different approach, ceramic disk faucets must first have the escutcheon cap removed to allow the handle to be removed. From here, the disk cylinder may be removed to allow access to neoprene seals- soak them in vinegar to break off any debris. Depending on their condition, they may need to also be replaced. Reattach the handle and enjoy.
Seeing the signs- should you replace your faucet?
Generally, faucets that have operated for more than eight years and have begun to show wear, or leaks, should be replaced. This is likely to save time and money in the long run.
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Date Posted: August 28, 2017