How Do You Fix A Leaking Water Faucet?
Homes have two kinds of faucets. Compression faucets have a handle to shut off the water, allowing the stem to move down and an attached washer to prevent water from flowing through the valve seat. Washerless faucets work by moving the handle to open or close a channel through which water flows. Each kind of faucet has several varieties, but most leaks can be fixed with a few tools and supplies. Shut off the valve that supplies water to the faucet. The valve usually is found directly below the sink. It either will be exposed or inside the vanity. Sometimes, in houses with older plumbing that hasn’t been upgraded, valves are placed much lower–sometimes even below the floor boards. If this is the case, you will need to access the valve from the floor below. Usually when this occurs, the ceiling below is an unfinished basement without a ceiling, or a drop ceiling has been added that allows for easy removal and replacement of panels. Pry off the decorative cap and with a screwdriver remov