Old leaky faucets waste a lot of water every day. If leaking water is allowed to pool on the counter and in your grout, it is easy for mold to form. Faucets contain moveable parts that wear out. If this is the case, you’ll need to track down a new part or replace the entire faucet before you have water spraying all over the room. If this happens, the first thing to do, even before you get a plumber to check it out, is turn off the water.
Under your sink there are warm water and cold water shut off valves. These are oval shaped handles made of chrome. Turn them clockwise as far as they will go until the water stops flowing. If they have become stuck, you will need to use pliers to gently turn the handle back and forth until it loosens up the rubber seat inside. Don’t try to force it or it may break, leaving a serious problem to fix. If the handle spins and doesn’t engage you’ll need to tighten the set screw on it and try again.
Purchase the style faucet you want and if you are the type that likes to fix things yourself, this is not a hard job. There are usually instructions that come with the new faucet. Be sure to follow them carefully and do not omit any steps. There are also online tutorial videos or Roto-Rooter plumbers can replace or repair your faucets for you.
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