Several Tips For Handling A Leaking Faucet

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A leaky faucet can be a fairly common problem for homeowners to encounter. When your home develops this particular plumbing problem, you may want to take a few steps to help you repair this issue before it leads to damages or wasted water, such as:

Determine The Location Of The Leak

One of the first steps that you should do is to determine where the leak is originating. For example, if you notice water dripping down the sides of the sink, this could indicate that the leak is in the feeder line that supplies water to the faucet. When you notice that the leak is occurring near the base of the faucet, it could indicate an issue with the internal components of the faucet.

Turn Off The Supply Of Water

To address the more complicated interior leaks of your faucet, you will need to turn off the flow of water. Otherwise, you could find that the water will start to spray out while you are attempting to repair the faucet. Typically, there will be a primary shutoff valve at the base of the sink. If your sink is designed so that the valve is not located in this location, you may want to turn off the supply to the entire house until you are done repairing the sink to avoid this potential problem.

Check The Seals

To prevent leaks from forming around the handles and spigot, it is common for seals to be positioned and installed in these areas. These seals will stop water from seeping through the small cracks that are found in these areas. In order sinks, these seals may have degraded enough to be unable to stop water from seeping out. Fortunately, it is possible for you to easily replace these seals. In many instances, this should be sufficient for preventing the leak from continuing.

Inspect The Assembly For Corrosion

A corroded faucet assembly can be another major source of leaking. This will often occur when a leak is allowing moisture to seep into the interior of the faucet. While it may not seem like it would be a significant problem, it can be damaging in a  couple of different ways. For example, the corrosion can cause the metal components of the faucet to no longer fit together correctly. Sadly, there is no simple way to repair a faucet that has suffered extensive corrosion. Rather, you may have to replace the entire assembly to stop the leaks.

For more information on faucet repair, contact a local plumber. 

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