How to Repair Faucet Leakage

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Faucet leakage can be caused by any of the internal pieces of the faucet. Diagnose and repair your faucet problems with the help of a professional contractor in this free video.

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Hi, my name is Chris Wade. I'm a contractor in the city of Los Angeles. Today, I'm going to show you how to repair faucet leakage. What we're going to do, is we're going to pop off the top of the handle. Inside is a screw that screws down into the valve, and holds the faucet in place. Undo that. And then, right here we have a cinch down ring that cinches it down. You want to pull this off, set that aside, and you want to take a pair of pliers, and gently lift this straight up, avoiding breaking it. Basically, this is the inner workings of a faucet. This is what allows the water to flow and not flow by turning the handle. Inside here is a couple different things. We've got, reach a screwdriver down in there, slowly pull out this little rubber washer. And, even beyond that, is a spring. This washer right here, pull this out and inspect it. If it looks dried, if it looks cracked, if it looks torn, need to be replaced. You can get these at your local home improvement center, or at your local plumbing shop. Basically, what you need to know is what model and style faucet you have. And that way, the proper repair kits can be purchased. The other thing is the spring. If it doesn't have any tension to it, then this needs to be replaced as well, and these things do come in a kit. So, assuming we have the new ones, the easiest, down inside here is actually a little hole that the spring drops into. I find it easiest to slip the spring, put the screwdriver in the hole, and then just let it drop right in. And, same thing with the rubber seal. Fit that right down in the hole, pull it out, lines up. You need to stick your finger down in there, and push it down into the hole to get it nice and flush and tight. Once that is done, take the valve, and these can go in two ways, you just have to remember which way you took it out, because that'll determine whether the on and off is going the right way. And, usually there's notches in it. You just drop that right in there, push down on it, let it seal, take your set screw or nut screw, and this just needs to be just cinched down. Take your pliers, finish it off. Just when you feel it tighten, then you're good to go. And, you just want to take your handle, and just line it up with the valve stem, drop it back on there, put your set screw back in, basically reverse of how you took it apart. Before you put the cover on, you want to reach under and turn the water back on. And remember, before you start this process, always turn the water off, because the valve is what holds the water back. When that valve is removed, this thing will shoot up in the air. Just want to turn your water back on, make sure you're not getting any leakage around here. Turn it on. Check to see if you have any leakage under throughout here, none there. Turn it on, turn it off, check to see if it stops it. Go ahead and pop this back on, there's a notch for that as well. It's a good idea, if you're going to pull this apart, to go ahead and do both. I mean, why put one new and one old? Go ahead and do both, and that should solve your problem. And, that's about it.

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