Leaky Faucet Repair: 10 Tips to Stop Drips
Leaky faucet repair on your own can save money. Washer type (compression) and washer-less are two basic kinds of faucets. Some tips to stop drips are:
Kitchen Faucet Replacement Measurements
Leaky kitchen faucet replacement is an unwanted expense. You can save money by repairing the faucet yourself.
- Faulty washers are often the culprit. Washers may be replaced but still not fit properly to stop the drip. The best preventive solution is to buy a washer-less faucet.
- Close the faucet tighter to stop the leak temporarily until you are ready to fix it.
- You can stop the sound of dripping water by tying a long string around the end of the faucet. The water will drip on the string and run down silently.
- For a washer type faucet, examine the stem. If the threads are badly corroded replace it. If it’s dirty then clean it.
- Look at the washer, if it is flat or has a groove worn in it, replace it.
- Replace the brass screw if it’s damaged.
- Any faucet that requires a frequent washer replacement has a damaged washer seat. Either reface the seat with a seat dressing tool or replace it.
- Install the correct type of washer. Preferably use a swiveling washer.
- Put silicon grease or petroleum jelly on the threads of the stem to lubricate faucet action.
- If the leak is around the stem and not the spigot, install new packing or O-rings.
To know which kind of faucet to get from the store, first you have to do some measurements. Have your tape measure in hand for this task.
For most kitchen faucet replacement the key generic specifications for measurement include:
·overall depth - This refers to the exterior dimensions of the sink. Measure it from the lowermost point of the sink’s drain flange to the point where the sink rim contacts the countertop.
· overall length - Measure from the left to the right of the outermost edges of the mounting flange of the sink.
· overall width - Measure from the front to the back of the outermost edges of the mounting flange of the sink.
· faucet size - For double handled faucet take the measurement from the handle’s centre to faucet centre. If you use single handled faucet, measure the distance in between the water hook-up lines placed on the faucet’s bottom.
As soon as you know the style and size of your faucet, you’re ready to take out the old one and install your new unit.