Your faucet should turn on as soon as you turn the handles to the on position and the faucet should turn off as soon as you turn the handles to the off position. If the water isn't turning off or on as it should, you may need to have your faucet repaired. If your faucet is leaking after you have turned off your faucet, it's a problem that can be costly for you if you continue to allow it to leak. A faucet leak can cost you in your water bills each month and can cost you in replacement costs to your faucet or your sink if you allow the leak to continue. A major water leak needs to be repaired right away to prevent damage to your home. Read on for some tips to help you repair your leaky faucet yourself.
Turn Off The Water Supply
Turn off the water supply going to the faucet to prevent any more water from leaking from the faucet. There should be a shut-off beneath your sink or close to the sink to allow you to turn off the water so you can turn off the water in an emergency. Shut off the water to the faucet and check to see that there is no longer any water coming out of the faucet. If your water is still coming out of the faucet, your shut-off valve may not be working as it should either. Hiring a professional plumber may be necessary to make all of the repairs you have.
Remove The Faucet Spout
Remove the spout of the faucet from the sink and inspect it. The leak may be caused by a broken or dry-rotted O-ring. Inspect the parts inside of the faucet spout and check for any parts that are broken. Replace those parts as needed in your faucet. Those parts can be found at your local hardware store. If the faucet is leaking around your handles, you should remove the handles and replace any parts inside that are broken or dry-rotten. The leaking handles can cause damage to the handles themselves and you'll need to replace your entire faucet.
If you have issues with your faucet leaking, either from the spout or from the handles, you should hire a professional plumber to help you make the repairs. Always shut off the water at the shut-off beneath or near your sink before you attempt to work on a faucet.
Contact a local plumbing company, such as Pipeworks Services, to learn more.