Everyone experiences a leaky faucet sooner or later. It’s unfortunate, but over time it tends to happen more and more frequently. To a lot of homeowners, this seems like a fairly easy problem to fix. There must simply be a loose seal somewhere, right? Surely if you can find it and set it straight, the leak will stop. If you think it’s that easy, let us remind you that there’s a reason so many sitcoms include scenes where characters try to fix their faucets and only make the problem worse. It’s often exaggerated, but it’s rooted in truth. Leaky faucets are harder to fix than you might think. Read on to find out why you should hire a plumber to fix your leaky faucet.
Why bother to fix it?
Depending on the severity of the leak, a few homeowners may simply let it drip, thinking that it isn’t a big deal. DON’T DO THIS! Even a moderately leaky faucet can waste thousands of gallons a year, enough to fill a good-sized swimming pool. Do not ignore a leaky faucet, or it will waste a ridiculous amount of water.
Why Call a Plumber?
The reason you call any professional instead of attempting something yourself is that they possess expertise that you don’t. You’re essentially paying for the convenience of having the job done right the first time, without having to worry about any subsequent damages or the need to redo the job. In this case, the procedure is simple, but can still have expensive consequences if done wrong.
First, the water supply needs to be turned off, in order to prevent the tap from spewing all over the room and causing water damage. Next, the faucet assembly needs to be taken apart so you can have access to the o-ring and washers. After that, it’s a matter of knowing what you’re looking for, which if often where the plumber expertise comes in handy.