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Fixing a Leaking Faucet: What Your Plumber Will Do

Certified Plumbing of Brevard - October 21, 2022 - 0 comments

A leaking faucet can be more than just a nuisance; it can also be a waste of water and money. If you’ve got a drip, drip, drip coming from your faucet, don’t despair! In most cases, fixing a leaking faucet is an easy repair that a professional plumber can do. They have the experience to fix a variety of issues that cause leaky faucets and are clued up on local plumbing regulations to ensure that the job is done efficiently and safely.

At Certified Plumbing of Brevard, our leak specialists and plumbers have a wealth of knowledge and experience to detect and repair underground water leaks. When you make an appointment with us, you can rest assured knowing your home’s plumbing is in good hands. With decades of experience in the business, we’ve seen it all. Give us a call today or visit our website to see what our leak specialists and plumbers can do for you.

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Always Call a Professional

For leaky faucets, it is always best to call a professional plumber to ensure that the leak is effectively repaired and that further damage should not occur. This ensures that costly repairs down the line will be avoided so that you can have peace of mind about your home.

Leave it to the professionals at Certified Plumbing of Brevard to handle the most delicate or severe faucet leaks in your home. We pride ourselves in our detailed and effective services. That’s why Brevard county has trusted us for over 30 years! When we come to your home, we will do a thorough inspection of your piping systems to hunt for leaks. We will then take care of repairing the leak in a timely manner so that you and your family can go back to enjoying your home!

Fixing a Leaking Faucet

You just found that your faucet is leaking. No need to panic, if you don’t have a toolbox your professional plumber will do the job in no time. It is always important to address a leaky faucet right away so that your water bill doesn’t increase unnecessarily. So how will your plumber go about fixing a leaky faucet?

1. Turning off the Water Supply

Before any repairs or replacements occur, your plumber will turn off the water supply to the faucet. This is done by locating the shut-off valves under the sink and turning them until they’re in the “off” position. Once the water is off, your plumber will open the faucet to release any remaining water in the line.

2. Removing the Handle

The next step is to remove the handle so that you can access the underlying components. In most cases, this will involve removing a button or screw that’s holding the handle in place. Once the plumber has removed the screw or button, they should be able to pull the handle off easily. In some cases, your plumber may need to use a wrench or pliers to remove stubborn handles.

3. Identifying the Problem Area

Now that your plumber has gotten got access to all of the internals of the faucet, it’s time to identify which component is causing the leak. In most cases, it will be either the O-ring (a small rubber ring that seals connections) or the washer (a flat disk that also helps to create a seal).

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4. Replacing old Parts and Repairing the Leak

O-ring/Washer Replacement

If it’s just an O-ring that needs replacing, your plumber will remove the old ring and stretch a new one into place. If it’s a washer that needs replacing, a professional plumber will unscrew the retaining nut and lift out the old washer before inserting a new one and screwing the nut back into place.

Your plumber will ensure that your washer matches up with an exact replacement; otherwise, any slightly different-sized washer may be too big or otherwise won’t seal properly and could cause future leaks.

Faucet Shutoff Valve Replacement

If your faucet shutoff valves are very old they may not have standard threads so installing a new washer may not be easy or possible without replacing the shutoff valves as well.

If your fixture uses two separate handles for hot and cold after shutting off the water supply, your plumber will remove both handles, then identify whether one of the hot side washers or rings needs replacing or if both sides need attention before proceeding with replacing some components.

A professional plumber will confirm that once everything is put back together and supply restored that there are no other leaks before inviting guests back into your home and using the newly repaired fixtures!

Validating the Repair

Your professional plumber will ensure that your new O-ring or washer will stay put and provide long-lasting repairs to mend worn-out plumbing fixtures. They will also adhere to local plumbing codes about prohibited lubricants and know what will promote the best long-lasting seal for hot or cold water applications to fit the specific thread types of your fixture.

5. Test for Leaks

Once your plumber has replaced the worn component, they will reassemble everything and turn on the water supply slowly while monitoring for leaks at all of the connections. If everything looks good and there are no leaks, the job is almost done. The next step is to regularly schedule maintenance and tests to ensure no severe leaks or damage will occur in the future.

Problem Solved!

A dripping faucet can raise your blood pressure as well as your water bill. Calling a professional is always recommended in order to ensure the leak will be fixed properly, and ensure that it will stay fixed down the line. The repairs and replacements should not take lots of time out of your day (and money out of your wallet).

If you need any help with leak detection and plumbing services, our team At Certified Plumbing of Brevard is here for your convenience. We offer traditional and 24/7 service no matter what time of day or night! Whether it be a free quote or emergency repair services-we’ve got them covered at affordable prices too so don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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