You’re trying to fall asleep, and you hear your faucet dripping. It seems like it won’t stop. While you can contact us at A Step Above Plumbing to take care of your dripping faucet for you, you might be able to fix the problem on your own. Turn off the water supply, remove the decorative parts, and then get down to business.
- Remove the Stem. Using a wrench, you need to loosen the packing nut and remove the stem. You might be able to pop the stem right off, or you might need to twist it off.
- Check the O-Ring. Look over the O-ring to make sure it isn’t damaged. In many cases, the dripping faucet is caused by damage to the O-ring or the washer that sits inside it. It’s always a good idea to remove the old washer and replace it with a new one. Before you replace the washer, clean out the valve seat. If it’s corroded, the corrosion will cause the faucet to leak.
- Reassemble the Sink. Once everything is cleaned and the washer is replaced, reassemble the sink, making sure you put everything back as it was before. After it is reassembled, you need to test the sink. Turn the sink on slowly, and then turn it off. Make sure that the sink doesn’t drip.
If it doesn’t drip anymore, congratulations! You have fixed your dripping faucet. If it is still dripping, though, it’s time to contact us at A Step Above Plumbing. You might have a more serious problem on your hands. We can run tests to get to the root of the problem and fix it before it gets serious.