While common plumbing problems can be annoying, a leaky bathroom faucet is particularly frustrating. Leaky faucets drip constantly, creating unnecessary high water bills month after month. Plus a leaking faucet left unrepaired can eventually lead to water damage in your bathroom.
Instead of ignoring your leaky bathroom faucet, take a closer look, and assess the problem. We have some suggestions that can eliminate your frustration and high water bill.
Why Is My Faucet Leaking?
Before you assess the leak, maybe you?re wondering why it?s dripping in the first place. A bathroom faucet controls the water flow to your sink using an inner stem or cartridge, which includes a rubber seal that opens and closes the water inlet port within the faucet?s body. The seal is what keeps the water from continuously running. Once you shut off the water supply by turning your bathroom handle, the seal is supposed to close tightly.
If this seal becomes worn or corroded, it?s unable to tightly seal, therefore it cannot completely stop the water from running. While this is the most common cause of a dripping faucet, other culprits are:
- Corroded Parts
- Over time, corrosion can occur within the body of your faucet. This can lead to a disfigured inlet port, which won?t allow your faucet stem or seal to prevent your water from leaking. In an instance like this, it?s best to contact a professional plumber, who can replace your entire faucet.
- Mineral Build-Up
- The build-up of minerals is a common problem that prevents the water inlet from completely sealing. Minor cleaning should be able to restore your faucet to full operating capacity.
- Worn O-Rings
- Water leaks around the base of your faucet are typically caused by worn O-rings, that need to be replaced. This is common among compression faucets and cartridge faucets.
How to Repair a Leaking Bathroom Faucet
Fixing a leaky faucet won?t take up too much of your time if done correctly. If this is outside your basic plumbing knowledge we?re here to walk you through each step, so you can remedy this issue quickly.
- Locate the shut-off valves below your sink
- The valves are the handles located along the back of your sink. Turn these handles in a clockwise direction, to cut off the sink?s water supply while you work. If your sink does not have shut off valves, simply turn off your home?s water supply.
- Turn your faucet handle to see if the water has fully turned off.
- Cover your drain, to prevent lost parts from falling while you repair the leak.
- Take off Faucet Handles
- Unscrew the top finish or decorative area of your sink handles, to reveal the handle screws. Using a flathead screwdriver, loosen the screws to remove each handle. Keep your sink parts grouped together and in order, so you can reattach them with ease.
- Remove either the Cartridge or Valve Stem
- You?ll be able to see your valve stem or cartridge once the faucet handles are removed. The difficult part will be removing this from the body of your sink. Because every sink is different refer to your owner?s manual to see how you should remove the cartridge, or call a professional plumber.
- See What Parts are Damaged
- You?ll be able to inspect the cartridge and evaluate the state of any seals, washers, or O-rings. Make note of the damaged parts.
- Replace the Proper Parts
- You can replace the worn parts by ordering a part repair kit from your sink?s manufacturer or visit a hardware store to find the exact parts.
- Clean Your Valves as Necessary
- Run clean water over your valves to remove old dirt and build-up, and take a cup of white vinegar to completely clean your valve seat. After it?s soaked in the vinegar for a few minutes, use a cloth or sponge to clean the surface.
- Put Your Faucet Back Together
- Retrace your steps to put your faucet back together. Once reassembled, turn your home water supply back on to test your faucet.
Are You Still Facing Troublesome Faucet Leaks?
If you?ve already tried to repair your leaky bathroom faucet, but the sink is still dripping, it?s time to call a professional plumbing company like Freedle Plumbing. Whether you have a running toilet, clogged drain, clogged garbage disposal, or leaking faucet, they?ll be able to repair the problem quickly. Your plumbing system is no match for the technicians at Freedle Plumbing.
If you?re looking for a professional plumber who can fix your slow tub drain, sewer lines, and water pressure, contact the experts at Freedle Plumbing. Our technicians provide plumbing services in Clemmons, Lexington, Kernersville, and other areas in the Piedmont Triad.