Leaky Faucets? Here’s a fix.

From the ages of 7 to 18, I worked in our family plumbing & electrical supplies store.  During that time, I saw lots of DIY (Do It Yourselfers) come in needing help with some issue.  With leaky faucets, especially these days, a full replacement just isn’t necessary.  Usually, the problem is one of the following or a combination: O-ring(s), seat, spring(s) or a stem.  Find the model of your faucet, at the very least get the manufacturer.  Turn the water off and remove the innards of the faucet.  You might want to consult Google or Youtube for a video on taking it apart.  You’d be surprised how many are available.  Then, take the innards to your local hardware or plumbing store and ask someone for help.  Since you already have it apart, I would replace as much inside as possible.  Trying to assemble / disassemble & test to see what’s the problem just isn’t worth the time, and you may be causing more damage tan necessary.  If there’s a complete repair kit, buy that and install it.  One little tip, a little white grease never hurts around O-rings.  Ask the store employee first, though.  Yes, you may have a little grease coming out of the faucet when you first use it, but it can do wonders to make things work smoothly and seal things up.

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