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January 14,2019

Get Rid of Your Loud and Leaky Faucet

Is the constant drip, drop, drip, drop of your faucet driving you and your family insane? Not only are faucet leaks annoying, they also waste water and raise your utility bills. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Youngstown, we provide local Ohio and Pennsylvania area home and business owners with high quality services including leak detection, new faucet installation and sink repairs. While some leaks can only be fixed with a total replacement, there may be a faster and simpler way to silence your noisy faucet. Our professional plumbers have helped many clients find peace and quiet in their kitchen and bathrooms, and we want you to do the same. Here are a few helpful troubleshooting tips for handy homeowners.

Gather Your Tools and Materials

Before beginning the task, you'll need to make sure you have all the necessary tools and supplies available. If you're missing an item, you may need to borrow from a friend or take a trip to your local hardware store.

Materials List:

  • O-rings and Replacement Washers
  • WD-40
  • Flat Head Screwdriver or Phillips Head Screwdriver (depending on your faucet model)
  • Adjustable Wrench

Turn Off the Water Supply

Another important preliminary step to any plumbing work is to turn off the water supply to your home. Otherwise, you could have a flood on your hands. Make sure you communicate well with other members of your household, so they don't accidentally turn the water back on while you're working.

Unscrew Your Handle Knobs

Take off any decorative accents found on your knobs, and use an appropriate screwdriver or wrench to carefully remove the knobs or handles. You may need some WD-40 to make removal easier.

Remove the Faucet

Then, use the wrench to take off the packing nut, and you should see a stem, which needs to be removed also. You may have to pull or twist the stem off, do this carefully to avoid damage.

Inspect O Ring and Replace if Needed

At this point you should be able to properly inspect the O-rings and washers. If it appears to be broken, damaged or worn out, then replace it. Make sure you use the correct size for your faucet. An outdated O-ring is one of the most common reasons homeowners experience leaks. This fast, easy and affordable fix may be the answer to your problem.

Reassemble Parts and Test

Put the stem, knobs and decorative accents back in place and restore the water supply. Thoroughly test your faucet for signs of leaks. If all is well, then congratulations, your family can stop worrying about that irritating drip.

Invest in a Faucet Replacement or Professional Plumbing Service

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Unfortunately, there are other reasons why a faucet might be dripping. Your faucet could be corroded, there may be damaged seals, or the plumbing system itself might have underlying issues. If you've properly replaced the O-rings and washers, and are still enduring a noisy faucet, then it's time to call a professional plumber.

Need Help from a Local Certified Plumber? Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Youngstown

Are you ready to get your leaky faucet fixed? Get the help you need from the experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Youngstown, Ohio. Our certified and licensed plumbers will work hard to ensure your plumbing problems are a thing of the past. Call today to schedule your next appointment.

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