Dripping water sounds from faulty bathroom faucets can be quite irritating. The situation may worsen if the whole situation is not taken care of. You don’t have to put up with this problem; you can personally fix it all by yourself. $20 or less can cater for the whole repair process. Some coins will have been saved from hiring a plumber. Here is a simple procedure to go about it.
In your possession, make sure you have an adjustable C wrench, flat headed screwdriver, plumber oil (e.g. CRC or WD-40), new washer and O-rings. You will be set to get started.
Firstly, shut the water supply. This can basically be done by tightening knobs regulating water from the main water source.
Remove any handle knob decorative elements. Use flat headed screwdriver to make this done. A screw fixing the handle to the main step will be exposed; unscrew it with the screwdriver as well. If it seems tough, lubricate it with plumber oil and then repeat the process. It should now get off.
In this step, reach your wrench and unfasten the uncovered packing nut. You should be able to see the stem. Detach it also. Some stems will directly pop off while others will curl off the valve- it all depends on the faucet type. Check if the parts are faulty.
After checking everything, look further for Washer and O-ring condition within the valve seat. Who knows, they might be the cause of the leak. Replace the washer inside the seat. It is always important to make sure washers and O-rings are tightly fixed.
Lastly, reassemble the packing nut, O-ring, washer, stem, screw and the handle carefully. Check for any leakages at completion by gently tapping water. If the above steps are followed as required, the whole process should be successful. However, if the problem still persists, it may either be due to corrosive valve seats, worn out seals, loose fragments or broken plumbing systems. You should check for these problems too. Professional services should be opted for if all these attempts are futile.