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Leaky Faucets and What You Can Do About Them

Are you having difficulty sleeping at night because you simply cannot ignore the sound of your faucet drip, drip, dripping? Not only is this plumbing problem of a leaky faucet causing you irritation, it might be increasing your utility bills.

Water leaking out of faucet with Bell logo, and text that says, "Leaky Faucet"

Dealing with a Leaky Faucet

Leaky faucets are an annoying problem that is often simple to fix. The leaky faucet has earned itself a reputation being robustly irritating. The traditional compression faucet is relatively simple to fix for do-it-yourselfers. Should the issue be too complex, however, a professional, certified Denver plumber 

Should you decide to replace the faucet at the same time that a repair is needed, you have lots of options. An experienced plumber can handle this type of problem with ease and should be called in if you don’t feel up to the task.

Do-It-Yourself Repairs for a Leaky Faucet 

If you choose to do the repair on your own, you’ll need to follow these steps:

  1. Locate the turn-off for the water. Fortunately, this turn-off is usually located directly beneath the sink.
  2. Turn off the water line that goes to the faucet. Usually, you can accomplish this quite easily by turning the shut-off in a clockwise direction.
  3. Engage the stopper in the drain to eliminate the risk of losing the washer down the drain.
  4. Take off the handle. 
  5. Using a wrench, take off the nut, pull out the stem, and look at the washer to determine if it is worn.
  6. Replace the washer. 
  7. Replace all of the parts that you have taken off. 

Faucet Replacements

If you are interested in replacing your faucet, you have lots of choices. 

Not only can you choose different types of finishes (brass, brushed nickel, chrome, black iron, or copper), but you can also select either a single-handle or a double-handle style. 

Of course, lots of other options exist. Visit the Bell Showroom just outside Denver! 

Benefits of Hiring a Professional Plumber  

Perhaps the most compelling reason to hire an experienced plumber to repair a leaky faucet is the fact that the problem might extend beyond a simple washer repair. It might be necessary to replace pipes or the faucet itself. You might not be able to see just how large the problem is until you take off the faucet’s handle to investigate.

Depending on the extent of the problem, you might require additional help if the leak involves: 

  • Long-term damage 
  • Internal damage to your cabinets or walls 
  • Corrosive damage that extends beyond the area of the washer 

The Author:

Bell Plumbing & Heating has been providing customers with plumbing and heating services since 1926, but that’s not all we do today. We also offer kitchen and bathroom remodeling services (we’ve been remodeling kitchens and bathrooms for over 50 years now), drain and sewer line services, and electrical repairs and installations. 

Visit us online at https://www.bellplumbing.com/

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Leaky Faucets and What You Can Do About Them

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