A leaky faucet may seem like a small problem but it can actually cause bigger issues over time. Faucet leaks not only waste water, they also have a great impact on your water bill. Here are a few simple tips to fix your leaky kitchen faucet:
First, shut off your water supply beneath your sink. This is an important step in protecting your home from any more leaks while you work. If your shut-off valves are stuck, Roto-Rooter offers helpful online videos to assist you in addressing the stuck valves yourself.
Once your water is turned off, you are free to work on the leak. A leak can be caused by a worn-out rubber gasket or seal that is located inside the valve. Replacing a gasket or seal can often fix your problem. Some faucets have replacement cartridges, available from your local hardware store or manufacturer.
A dirty aerator could also be the culprit when trying to identify the source of a leaky kitchen faucet. Examine the aerator to see if there are any particles surrounding it. Remove any particles on the aerator to see if the leak is repaired. Remember to also firmly tighten the nozzle in the event it might be loose.
Sometimes, a total faucet replacement is in order. If your leaky faucet persists after attempting the simple DIY repair tips above, it may be time to purchase a new fixture entirely.
When you have tried fixing your leaky kitchen faucet and nothing has worked, there could be a bigger issue with your plumbing. Call the experienced plumbers from Roto-Rooter to promptly address your kitchen faucet repair or any other plumbing problems in your home.