Did you know that household water leaks waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water nationwide each year? This is enough water to supply more than 11 million homes! Crazy, right?
More than crazy, it’s wasteful and damaging to the environment. However, there are lots of things you can do yourself at home to help the planet, all starting with that leaky sink of yours.
The annoying drip, drip, drip, of a leaky faucet can cause you higher water bills and plenty of annoyance. Fortunately, the problem is easy to fix by yourself. All you have to do is identify the type of faucet you’re working with and obtain the necessary tools for the job.
How to Check for Faucet Leaks
Because even the smallest leak can waste an astronomical amount of water, periodically checking for leaks should be a regular practice in your home. And if you need an incentive, fixing household water leaks can save homeowners around 10% on their water bills! Checking for leaks is simple and can be completed in just a few steps:
Check the water meter: Leaks can be detected with a simple check out of the water meter. Check the meter before a period where water won’t be used for a few hours. Check the meter again after time has elapsed. If you notice there is a change in the meter, it could be a sign that there is a leak.
Check the water usage: A general rule is if a family of four uses more than 12,000 gallons of water in a month, a leak is more than likely.
How to Fix a Leaky Faucet
- Adjustable wrench
- Phillips and/or flat-head screwdriver
- Penetrating oil, like WD-40
- Replacement washers and O-rings
Often, you can repair a leaky sink yourself with just a few household tools like a screwdriver, pliers, and a channel lock and by following these simple steps:
Step 1. Turn off the water supply and open faucet. Make sure your water supply is completely turned off to avoid any further surprise leaks before fixing the faucet.
Step 2. Open the Faucet. Opening the faucet releases water pressure that may have built up in the lines.
Step 3. Remove handles. Use your flat-headed screwdriver to remove any decorative parts of the handle knobs. Underneath, you will find a screw that mounts the handle to the stem. Gently remove the handle with your flat-head after you unscrew the bolt from underneath the knobs. You can use your WD-40 to assist you in loosening the screw, which will allow you to take the faucet handle off the stem.
Step 4. Remove metal nut and internal pieces. If the nut is not loose, try removing the nut and internal pieces with the pliers. Be sure to note where they are located so you’ll be able to reassemble later. If the nut is not loose, try loosening it using your wrench. You should now notice the stem of the faucet. Check all removed parts for damage.
Step 5. Replace other parts. If the faucet has them, try replacing the cartridge, washers, O-ring, and seals and make sure there aren’t any gaps in between these parts.
Step 6. Clean metal parts. Check the metal parts of the faucet for mineral deposits and clean with vinegar and a brush if they do have deposits. Sometimes, a leak can be caused if the metal is uneven, but a vinegar scrub should help even the surface.
Step 7. Reassemble the faucet. After you’ve checked the aforementioned parts of the faucet, reassemble the pieces and test the faucet. In order, the parts appear as washer/O-ring, stem, packing nut, screw and handle. Test to see if the leak is fixed by slowly turning the water on.
If your faucet is still leaking, then the cause may be corrosion in your valve seat. Worn-out seals, loose parts, or even broken plumbing could also be potential problems. Make sure to call a professional if you are unable to remedy the problem yourself.
Contact Climate Design for Plumbing Service in Clearwater, FL
Home repairs can be frustrating, especially if you can’t find the source of the issue. If you think your sink has a leak, be sure to call the professionals at Climate Design today.
Give us a call today so you and your family can begin protecting the environment starting with your home’s faucets!
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