Ignoring the leaking faucet in your kitchen, bathroom, or any indoor and outdoor tap can be your biggest mistake yet. Each drop wasted accumulates and adds up to your exorbitant bill at the end of the month. On top of that, every year 10,000 gallons of water is wasted (read more) on household leaks alone, the amount of 270 laundry washes. Can you imagine if we account for the commercial wastes as well?
If we focus on your house alone, faucet leaks can cause more trouble than not. Water can pool under your sink because of this, and an irritating dripping sound can take away your peace. This problem can be easily given a solution that can be both inexpensive and easy. In general, you can either DIY your way through the leaks, or deal with your Leaking tap through a plumbing company around your local area in Sydney.
No matter how new or old it is, rule number one in fixing a leaky faucet is to never rely on or trust in your faucet. Odds are you’ll be facing either of the two: an untoward accident or a bigger mess than you started with. Do yourself a favor and turn off your water supply before pursuing this endeavour. Start with the handles over the sink and move to the knowns underneath it, the one that has full control with the water coming from the mainline.
After you ensure the water has been completely cut off, it’s time to use your wrench or screwdriver.
Take off the decorative parts of the faucet. You can try prying the handle knob with a flat-head screwdriver or any tools that can get the job done. When you’ve taken the knobs off, you’ll find one or two screws that anchor the handle to the stem. Use your screwdriver to unscrew it gently, remove the handle with your flat-head. If it proves to be too tight, you can use penetrating oil to loosen it completely
From there, you’ll be able to find the packing nut, which you’ll need to loosen using your trusty wrench. Afterwards, you’ll be able to view the stem, which you’ll need to remove as well. Some items are easily removed, while other, more sophisticated designs will prove to be more difficult. Try twisting, or using your wrench (but handle this part gently) and check for any damages from that part. Fix accordingly.
If there’s no problem with the stem, check the O-ring and washers for any damages. All of these can be easily bought from the construction shops around your area in case one of them needed a repair. Afterwards, reassemble everything in order. This is crucial, as water might not go through properly if you don’t place them in the order you took them out from.
If the leak persists, contact a plumbing company to handle it. If you’re in Australia, there are many local Sydney plumbing companies that can accommodate your leaky faucet. Some even have 24/7 and emergency services for plumbing problems that just can’t wait the next day.