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3 Things You Need To Know To Fix a Leaky Faucet

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

Leaky faucet A leaking faucet can make your water bill higher than it should be.

Tips On Helping You Save Money And Do It Yourself

A leaking faucet can be annoying and over time can make your water bill higher than it should be. Instead of calling a plumber to fix your dripping faucet in Hoxie, RI, here are a few tips to help you save money and do it yourself.

1. Figure Out What Type of Faucet You have
There are four common types of faucets. You must know which type you have before you can fix a leaking faucet, as each one has different parts. A compression faucet is the most recognizable, with two separate handles for hot and cold water. The other three types (cartridge faucet, ball faucet, and ceramic-disk faucet) aren't as easy to tell apart just by looking at them, and you'll likely need to take them apart first to determine what's inside.

2. Determine What Tools You Need
No matter which type of faucet you have, you'll need a few standard tools to get the job done, including a Phillips-head screwdriver, a flat-head screwdriver, wrench, pliers, and plumber's grease (make sure it's non-toxic and heat-resistant). If you have a ball faucet, it requires other special parts and tools that can be purchased as a kit at most home repair stores.

3. Purchase Replacement Parts if Needed
To fix a compression-style leaking faucet, replacement seat washers are required. A cartridge faucet needs replacement O-rings. If you have a ball faucet, a ball-faucet replacement kit is necessary. For a ceramic-disk faucet, you may have to purchase replacement seals and vinegar for cleaning the parts.
Once you have a fixed leak, you can be at ease knowing you saved money and avoided additional water damage restoration costs, if that leaky faucet had turned into something more serious. You're also prepared and know what to do if it happens again, such as having the right tools and an extra replacement kit on hand.

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