Fixing a Leaky Faucet

We’ve all heard the sound of a leaky faucet. It’s the tell-tale drip drip drip that doesn’t stop, no matter how tight you close that valve. When you have a dripping faucet chances are great that you’ve got a bigger issue than a loose handle. It’s likely that there is something going on that will require breaking down the faucet and even looking at the pipe. This is something that can be done from home or you can hire a professional to take care of the issue. First you’ll want to make sure you have the right tools for the job. You’ll need an adjustable wrench. Most homeowners have an adjustable wrench, but some don’t. You can pick them up at your local hardware store, but be prepared to spend around $20.00. You can’t fix a leaky faucet without first owning an adjustable wrench. These wrenches come in handy for a number of around-the-house DIY jobs, so it’s worth the money spent. Once you have the wrench, you can begin taking apart your faucet. Make sure to cut the water supply, before taking anything apart. You don’t want your leaky faucet to turn into a waterfall and ruin your flooring and pipes. Make sure to take each piece apart carefully and set them nearby, keeping track of which piece belongs where. You don’t want to end up with a dissembled faucet and not know how to put it back together. At this point you may find that it’s your stem faucet that’s dripping. This is an easy fix. You simply need to replace the washer that seals against the valve seats. Oftentimes washers wear out. This happens a lot as water can naturally corrode the metal overtime. Replacing a washer on a leaky faucet is quick and easy. You may also find that this washer needs to be replaced on the hot side and not the cold side of the facet. This is due to hot water wearing down the metal faster than cold water does. In order to determine which side is the leaky side, simply shut off one angle stop under the sink. If you find out that the issue isn’t due to a corroded washer, than you may want to call a plumbing expert for advice or service. Sometimes having a friend in this business helps. Oftentimes a drip or a leak is indicative of a greater issue. If you live in an older home or have never had a plumber to your house before, it may be time to schedule service. A plumber is an expert at determining what’s causing the issue and how to fix it. They can also advice you on what regular maintenance needs to be performed, in order to ensure you don’t have an ongoing issue. Sometimes a faucet can be fixed on one’s own, sometimes it requires the skills and expertise of a professional. A dripping faucet should not go ignored for too long. In order to ensure the leaky faucet issue does not lead to greater issues, you’ll want to deal with it as soon as possible. ‘
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Dan Donnelly
Dan Donnelly

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 days ago

I originally contacted Leone Plumbing to address a sink faucet problem we were having at our new home, plus several other items. Jamison arrived on time and he was polite, professional and did an excellent job fixing all the items. I can’t say how much I appreciate his work ethic and that he respected our home as if it were his own. So much so that we went immediately back to Leone when we decided to replace our existing toilets. Andy was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable, and I greatly appreciate his patience in working me through several options until we decided on how to proceed. In working with different service providers over the years, I'd highly recommend Leone Plumbing to take care of your plumbing needs, they are honest, professional, knowledgeable, very helpful and do excellent work!

Patrick Simpson
Patrick Simpson

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 weeks ago

Never used them before and had a great experience replacing a water heater. Old unit started leaking, so I called a few places late in the evening, got one service that answered right away but wasn't sure if they could get someone in the next two days (to be fair the were going to try and would have let me know). Andy got back to me before 8AM the next day and said he could get someone out to me within the hour. His price was good enough - not the lowest but certainly not the highest - that I didn't mind upgrading from a 40 to a 50 gallon tank (big family, lots of showers and laundry). Jamison arrived on time, was extremely polite, answered all my questions, and was very conscientious. My vent pipe didn't meet code anymore - had to go from 3" to 4" - so he walked me through what was needed to replace it and made sure I was comfortable. It was very important to him that I knew the what and why behind the work. He busted hump to get everything done quickly and even with the added work I had a working water heater shortly after lunch. Would use them again in a heartbeat.

Johnmark Bevacqua
Johnmark Bevacqua

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

Fantastic experience with Andy. When we were flooded out, though he was very busy already, he responded immediately and took the time to ask the right questions and diagnose the issue. He offered his immediate help and we are back up and running! Very professional and understanding. This will be the first place I call from now on for any work needed.