• Fix a Dripping Faucet

    Dripping FaucetDid you know that a dripping faucet can waste around 74 gallons of water a day.  That doesn’t sound like much but just image 74 gallon jugs of water stacked in a room. That is how much water is being wasted every by just one faucet.

    So turn off the water and follow these easy steps:

    • Open the faucet to relieve the water pressure
    • Remove the handle.
    • If the faucet has a metal nut holding the internal parts in place, use your channel lock pliers to tighten it. This may stop the leak.

    If this doesn’t fix the leak continue on:

    • Pull out the internal pieces with your pliers
    • Replace the washers, O ring or seal. Make sure you get the correct replacement parts, or you will continue to have the same problem even though the seals and O rings have been replaced.
    • Make sure there are no mineral deposits on any of the metal internal parts. If there are deposits, clean with vinegar and a scrubber. Be careful not to scratch the metal.
    • Reassemble the faucet and turn the water back on.
    • Turn the water back on and test the faucet to see if the repair has worked.
    • Remember, there will probably be air in the line, so expect some sputtering.
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