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How To Fix A Leaky Faucet Quickly And Painlessly


Learning to fic a leaky faucet is easier than most assume.We will cover how to determine the leak and how to replace the defective component. This includes aerators, cartridges, under sink piping, drains, basket seals, sinks, seats, and various counter-leaks. Use the image below as a handy reference. 




                                                Components Of A Faucet

                          Source of image: http://static.ddmcdn.com/gif/how-to-stop-faucet-drips-1.jpg



1. Determine The Source Of The Leak



There are a number of places that a faucet can leak from. In order to know how to fix the leak, you need to first determine where the leak is coming from. To find the source of the leak, look at where the water starts and trace it back to the point of origin of the water. It can also sometimes be helpful to turn the water on lightly, once you have items in place to catch the water, to see where the leak is coming from. Places to lookf for the leak include at the faucet nozzle (the aeroator), at the faucet handle (caused by a broken cartridge or leaking seat) and under the sink (caused by the drain, basket seal, the piping or the sink itself). In order to find the leak, it may sometimes require that you dismantle the faucet. If this is the case, we would suggest you contact a plumber assist with the repair



2. Replace The Leaking Component


a. Cartridge

To replace a cartridge simply remove the stem and handle of your faucet and remove the cartridge replacing it with the new one. To determine how to remove the handle and stem for your particular faucet search the internet for the manual or videos on your particular model. Here is a video of removing a faucet for a La Torre faucet. 



b. Aerator

An Aerator rarely causes leaks when the water is off but can cause leaks when the water is on, spraying water erratically off to the sides like link the video below. Watch all the way to the end of this video to see how to fix this issue. 




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c. Under Sink Piping

In many cases you will be able to stop a leak in the under sink piping by simply removing it, cleaning it and putting the pipes back together. What we recommend is that you do this and then place a bucket under the sink for a day to see if it leaks again. If it does not then you know you have solved your problem. If you do find water in the bucket you left under the sink then you know you need to buy new piping. To see how to do this watch the video below. 



d. Drain

If you find your drain is the source of your leak then you will need to remove piping below your sink and the drain itself as well. This will take a significant amount of time but is very easy to do. Watch the video below to see how the sink drain is taken apart, the tools you will need and step by step instructions. 



If you have a puncture in the sink basket you can also patch the puncture. Below is a video to view if this is your issue. 



e. The Basket Seal

If you have determined your leak is a result of a broken seal between the sink and the drain basket or the gasket on the bottom of the drain watch the video below. 



f. The Sink

If you have determined your leak is a result of a broken sink or a crack in the sink you will need to replace the entire sink. This video will show you how to install a drop-in sink. 



Here is a video for an under mount sink. 


g. Leak Between The Undermount Sink & The Counter

A great way to fix a leak between an under mount sink and the counter is to re-seal and support the sink with a bracket. The video below shows you how to use one of these brackets to fix the leak. The video shows just one make of bracket. If you search online you will be able to find a number of under mount sink bracket support options. 



h. A Leaking Seat

If you have a leaking seat watch this video to see how to repair it. 


3. Test The Faucet


The last step to fix your leaky faucet is to test it. Simple turn the faucet on and see if your leak has been fixed. Now before doing this make sure you put things in place to catch any water if the leak is not fixed. 


4. Can't Fix The Leak


If you can't fix the leak after going through the above steps or you are not sure you are able or have the time to do the above, feel free to give us a call. We would be happy to take car of the leak for you if you are located in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph or the surrounding areas.



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