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How to Fix a Leaky Faucet

A leaky faucet is something that many homeowners will find themselves dealing with at some point. Leaks are a nuisance and should be addressed immediately. They waste water which is not only bad for the environment but can also cost homeowners money.

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If you notice a drip in your sink and want to fix it yourself, there are a few steps to take. Turn off the water under the sink to start. Close the drain and cover it with a towel to catch excess water. Before using your wrench, cover the jaws with a layer of duct tape. Doing this will ensure you do not scratch the fixture.

Before you begin any work, identify the type of faucet you have. There are four common types of faucets on the market, and each will require a different set of steps.

  1. Compression faucet - In most cases, a leak from this kind of fixture needs new seat washers.
  2. Ball-type faucet - These can be the most difficult of fixtures to repair as they have many parts. The best way to avoid aggravation and confusion is to purchase a replacement kit with all the parts.
  3. Cartridge faucet - This fixture takes a few steps to fix when experiencing a leak. A replacement kit costs $10 to $15.
  4. Ceramic-disk faucet - To fix the leak, push the handle back to access the set screw and remove it. After rinsing all parts thoroughly, replace them and reassemble the faucet.

If you notice a leak is still present despite following all the necessary steps, call in the assistance of a Manhattan plumber. A plumber in Manhattan will inspect all your plumbing fixtures to identify the source of the leaks and rectify the problem the right way.

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