How to Fix Leaky Faucets and Toilets

DRAINPRO is your Ottawa plumber, and we want to make sure you have the best plumbing advice possible. Some home plumbing issues can be solved by the owners themselves. That’s why we offer these do-it-yourself guides for things like a leaky faucet.

However, many plumbing problems require the assistance of a licensed plumber. You should also be aware that following these guides is done at your own risk. Be aware that by attempting do-it-yourself plumbing fixes, you can seriously damage the plumbing in your own home.

For expert help, call DRAINPRO.

How to Fix a Leak in a Compression Faucet

For this tutorial, we’ll show you how to fix a leak in a compression faucet, the most common type of facet. It is a type of faucet that has two handles that turn on hot and cold water.

  1. Turn off the water to your faucet. This is done by locating the shut-off valve beneath your sink. Turn that valve completely clockwise to shut off the water.
  2. Put a sponge or a cloth over the drain of the sink. This keeps screws and bolts from going missing down the drain.
  3. Remove both of the handles of the faucet. Inspect them for any damage. You may have to pry off decorative covers to get at the screws.
  4. Remove the faucet assembly and inspect for damage. It may be secured underneath your sink.
  5. Replace any old washers with identical new washers. Ensure that the O-ring and seat washer are functioning properly. Remember to coat all washers in plumber’s grease before installing them.
  6. Reassemble faucet and handles. If leaking persists, call DRAINPRO.

How to Fix a Toilet With a Leaky Tank

This tutorial will describe how to fix the leaky tank behind your toilet. If you notice that your toilet is leaky, and you’ve isolated the problem to the toilet tank, this tutorial is for you.

  1. Shut off water to the toilet. This is done at the shutoff valve on the wall. Make sure to turn it completely clockwise.
  2. Completely drain the toilet tank before removal. You can do this by flushing the toilet.
  3. Unscrew the toilet tank.
  4. Remove the tank and lay it on a smooth surface.
  5. Remove the old spud washer. This is the washer that prevents water from leaking out on its way to the toilet bowl.
  6. Replace the spud washer with a new spud washer. Tighten into place.
  7. Reattach toilet tank to toilet and turn the water back on.

If leaking persists, contact DRAINPRO.

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