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Conquer Your Leaky Faucet

Fix that faucet, Santee Hardware, DIY

Your faucet has the drips. You've turned it on and off about ten times by now, making sure you really squeezed it shut. The drip continues.

Do not get out your hammer and start banging on it. While that may feel good, it is not a solution. We suggest working through a round of breathing and taking a step back. You can fix this yourself.

Before you start, examine the faucet closely to determine where the water is coming from. Leaks around the base of the spout require a different repair than a drip from the end of the spout.

Next, get under the sink and turn off the water supply to your faucet. After you've done that, make sure you have strainers in the sinks to catch any small parts.

Now, you'll begin to disassemble your faucet. We recommend laying parts out in the order that you remove them. Once you've removed all the parts, do an inspection to see if you can spot any obvious defects or grit on the interior of the valve.

We suggest taking the worn down parts and paying us a visit. At Santee Hardware we've got options to help you with your leaky faucet crisis. Once we know whether we are dealing with a rotary ball, a cartridge, a disc-type, or another type of faucet we can advise you on which parts to get.

Once you've gotten the part and reassembled the faucet, you're ready to test it out. Open the faucet in the middle position and slowly turn the shutoff valve to turn on the water. Leave the faucet open until the water flows freely and all of the air is out of the pipes.

Congratulations on conquering your leaky faucet.


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