How To Fix A Dripping Tap
By: Beverly Maniago
It's not unusual to experience a dripping tap. Sometimes if you have been using the faucet for some time, it may have some water residues after you shut it off. However, it's a headache if it continues to drip. Before you know it, you will be paying a huge amount for your water bill.
Fixing a dripping tap can be easy or not, depending on the issue. To give you an idea on what to do, look at the steps below:
1. Turn off the main water supply. The main water supply is the source of the faucet. It is usually located just underneath the sink. But if your home is older, there's a likely chance that it's found outside the property or someplace else.
2. Go back to your sink and turn the faucet on. This is to check if you have turned off the right water supply. You also want to drain the remaining water in the faucet. Once the last few drips have ended, you can then close the faucet back.
3. Disassemble the faucet. A faucet may be small, but it's made up of different parts. It's highly recommended that you spread out a towel or a huge strong paper underneath the faucet. This way, you don't end up losing the very tiny screws. Make sure too that you can place them in a very safe place while you're working on the faucet.
4. Check where the problem starts. One of the most common problems lies on the washer. It is the one connected to the washer seat. When you close the faucet, the washer tightens, preventing the flow of water. However, perhaps because of the type of water you have or the improper closing and opening of the faucet, the washer gets worn or damaged. Interestingly, the dilemma increases the more you try to close the faucet tightly. The washer is very small, but it's easy to change. Plenty of home depots also carry it.
5. Return all the parts. If you think you've found the problem, you're ready to test it. Return the parts and turn on the main water supply. Then turn the knob of the faucet. If there's no more dripping after you closed the faucet, then you've found the culprit. If not, repeat the procedure.
Sometimes spotting the problem is strenuous, especially if you don't know much about faucets. As mentioned, too, the issue may be so much bigger, involving other parts of the plumbing system. Just to be sure, you can rely on property maintenance companies, especially those that specialize in plumbing.