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How to determine what might be causing the faucet
to leak, some things to consider.
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You will very likely encounter a leaking faucet.
The first step to fixing the leak is to determine the exact origin
of the leak. Here are some parts of the faucet that usually
turn out to be the cause of the leak:
Single-handle faucets: Which part of the
faucet is most likely causing the leak?
Most often (for cartridge faucets), the
cartridge, itself, is the reason why the faucet has started to
leak; the cartridge has just worn out and is in need of
replacement; see the section on replacing the cartridge of a
If the leak tends to come from the faucet's
main body/base that sits on top of the sink, often times the
O-rings of the faucet have just worn out and are in need of
replacement; see the step on replacing O-rings found in the
section on replacing the cartridge of a faucet.
Double-handle faucets: Which side of the faucet is
Inherently, locating the leak origin of a
double-handle faucet is a bit harder than finding the leak
origin of a single-handle leak. To help simplify the
determination of which side of a double-handle faucet is behind
the leak, you may want to take this logical step: Find the
two respective shutoff valves for the double-handle faucet
underneath or otherwise near the faucet and turn one of the
valves completely clockwise to turn that side of the water off
for the faucet while leaving the other valve
alone; if the leak
continues, you'll know that the leak is coming from the side of
the faucet whose shutoff valve was not turned clockwise to be
shut off from the water supply. (To double check, reverse the
process: Turn the shutoff valve you just closed open by
turning it counterclockwise, and then shut off the shutoff valve
that had originally remained open by turning this valve
completely clockwise; if the leak stops then, you'll know for
sure that the leak is coming from the side of the faucet of the
latter shutoff valve.
Leaks more often spring on the left side of a
faucet, where hot water comes through.
So, the next time you are in the midst of
figuring out where to begin in finding the leak origin of your
faucet, you may want to consider the above to help simplify the
repair of your leak.
Handyman Zone Team
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