Tips For Dealing With A Leaky Bathroom Faucet

24 October 2019
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A bathroom faucet with a slow drip isn't a plumbing emergency, but you still want to have the drip fixed so you don't waste water. Plus, the drip will probably get worse over time and eventually spew water. Here are some tips for dealing with a leaky faucet:

Find The Shut-Off Valve

When your faucet is dripping, prepare in advance for an emergency by locating the shut-off valve and testing it to make sure the valve isn't frozen. There should be a valve under or behind the sink that controls the water going into the faucet. If the faucet starts spewing water, you can turn off the valve without disrupting water elsewhere in the house or bathroom. It's fairly common for shut-off valves to get stuck when they're old. If the valve is stuck, you can try to loosen it with lubricant, and if you can't, then locate the next shut-off valve, which might be the main water valve outside. Then, you'll be prepared in case the leak turns into a plumbing emergency before you can get it fixed.

Decide If You Need To Call A Plumber

Some faucet repairs are fairly easy if you're familiar with home improvement tasks. A worn o-ring is often the cause of a leaky faucet, and you might be able to take the faucet apart and replace the ring yourself. However, if repairs are more complicated or if you don't feel comfortable attempting them, call a plumber at your first convenience rather than wait until the leak gets worse. Visit a website like to learn more. 

Consider If It's Time For A New Faucet

If you need to have a plumber come out to fix the leak, you may want to have a new faucet put in instead in order to give your bathroom an updated look. A faucet with a different finish could give your bathroom a fresh appearance. Plus, you might want a faucet that turns on by detecting motion or with a tap so you can keep down on the spread of germs among your family. Just be sure to buy a new faucet that has the same configuration as your old one, such as a single-handle faucet, a wall faucet, or a faucet that has two handles so the new one will fit in the old holes.

Whether you have a new faucet put in or just get your old one repaired, it's good to have the work done sooner rather than wait. A faucet that drips water all day and night will waste a surprising amount of water over the course of the day. If the leak goes on for weeks or months, that's a lot of water you let go to waste and that might drive up your water bill.