Be Your Own Chico Plumber: Find the Cause and Fix Your Leaky Faucet

[fa icon="calendar"] May 02, 2018 / by Home Services Expert

lekay faucetCalling a Chico plumber is always a good idea when you find big problems in your plumbing or you aren’t comfortable with fixing the problem on your own.

Usually the small issues, like a leaky faucet, can be fixed on your own when you follow instructions. If you feel comfortable enough to try your hand at fixing your leaky faucet then read through the articles below. They will let you know the different reasons why your faucet is leaking and then show you how to take it apart in order to replace the parts that are no longer working correctly.


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4 Causes of a Dripping Faucet


There is nothing in life quite as annoying as a dripping faucet. The steady drip of a tap is something that keeps people awake at night, and you can struggle to get back to sleep as you wait for the next splash of water hitting the sink. As well as preventing you from getting a good night's rest, a dripping faucet can also lead to water stains, or even small floods of the bathroom, so stepping in and stopping the drip is always a good idea. Before you can stop the drip, however, you have to know exactly what the causes are of the dripping faucet.

Damaged Parts

Although there are many reasons why the faucet might be dripping, this is probably the biggest reason for it.  

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Now that you know all about the different causes of a leaky faucet you can try your hand at fixing it on your own. If after reading all the reasons why your faucet could be leaking and you aren’t sure you want to tackle it on your own then pick up the phone and call a Chico plumber today! They have experts that are more than happy to fix your leaky faucet as quickly as possible. 

However, if you want to fix it on your own then the article below will walk you through determining which kind of faucet you have and the best way to take it apart in order to get it working right again. The article has diagrams to help you understand how and where all the pieces fit together, this will help when they begin to name the pieces that you are going to need to check over in case they are in need of replacement. For certain items they even give you the common price of the item so that you have an idea of how much money the fix will cost you.

Make sure that before you begin to fix anything you shut off the water to the faucet, otherwise you might end up with water going everywhere.


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How to Fix a Leaking Faucet


Before You Start

  • Shut off the water under the sink.
    • Close the sink drain; cover it with a rag to catch dropped parts.
    • Tape the jaws of your wrench with a layer of duct tape to avoid scratching the fixture.
    • Establish a place to lay out parts in order of removal.
    • Use distilled white vinegar and a soft scouring pad for removing mineral deposits on faucet parts.

Find Your Faucet

There are four kinds of faucets: compression, cartridge (sleeve), ceramic disk, and ball type. Each type is illustrated here. 

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If at any point in reading the articles you start to feel like you are out of your wheel house and don’t think you are capable of fixing the problem, contact a Chico plumber. Having your leaky faucet fixed by an expert is never something to be embarrassed about it. When you call an expert you are guaranteed that your leaky faucet will not be leaking when they leave your home.

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