A leaky faucet is one of the more immediately annoying plumbing problems you can encounter. A steady drip from a faucet isn't only a problem when you want some peace and quiet, though. A consistent if minor flow of water from your kitchen faucet can influence your water bill and lead to more serious problems.
The good news is fixing a leaky sink is frequently an easy do-it-yourself project. However, it's important to note that there are four types of faucets: ball, cartridge, ceramic disk and compression. Repair suggestions frequently apply to only some of the types, rarely all. Also, make sure you turn off the water supply to the sink before starting work and back on afterward.
A good starting point is the faucet's O-ring. Cartridge and compression faucets have these rings inside the handle to create a watertight seal. Wear, tear and time can cause the O-ring to degrade or break and create a leak near the handle. Disassembling the handle, looking for the O-ring, checking it for damage and replacing it if necessary is a relatively simple process.
Washers are only present in compression faucets, but are a common source of leaks. You can tell you have a compression faucet if you have two separate knobs to turn hot and cold water on and off. To check the washers, unscrew or remove the handles and check the circular disks inside for signs of damage.
Minor faucet repairs are often simple fixes, but more serious problems can be too technical and complicated to take on alone. If your sink has a serious problem, reach for the phone and call your local Columbus Roto-Rooter.
For more kitchen plumbing tips check out our helpful kitchen sink tips video.