5 Reasons Your Faucet Is Dripping Water & How To Fix It

Before You Begin

Start by determining if you actually have a leak. Some common indicators of a leak in your underground water line include:

  • An unexplained increase in municipal water bills
  • A spinning water meter indicator even though no water in or around the house is turned on
  • Mushy, soft spots in the yard
  • Recessed or swelling ground
  • Low water pressure from faucets or showerheads in the house

If the indicator of a leak is outside, such as recessed ground, make note of where it appears to be the worst. This is where you'll focus your attention.

Warning

Before you do any work, consult with your local permitting office for information about zoning and permits. Check your home’s title documents or your county website’s tax assessor section for any information about easements that may run through your yard. In some regions, homeowners may be prohibited from doing DIY repairs on the delivery pipes that run from municipal water mains to the house itself.

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Step 6: Measure Twice, Cut Once!

Cutting the new section of tubing Next, you will need to cut the new PEX tubing to the correct length.  Using the old section as a guide, measure the length of new tubing and make a mark where the cut is to be made (a permanent marker works wonderfully!).  Note: It is always better to cut the pipe a little too long, rather than a little too short. After the mark is made, use the pipe cutter to cut the tubing.  Again, be sure to hold the pipe cutter perpendicular, or 90 degrees, to the pipe while cutting.

Step 9: Almost There!

Fastening the FPT Swivel to the faucet Finish by screwing the FPT Swivel into the bottom of the faucet.  Turn the valve to the off position (perpendicular to the tubing).

How to dry out an iPhone with silica gel

A better option than uncooked rice, if you’ve got it is, silica gel – those little (and inedible) packets that you’ll find inside new handbags, packed with some electronic components, particularly if they’ve been shipped from a country with a humid climate, and most recently COVID-19 test kits (lets face it we have plenty of those lying around!)

You need enough of them to cover the iPhone. You may be able to buy them en masse from a craft shop, but you can easily buy multipacks on Amazon. Silica gel sachets should dry a wet iPhone out more efficiently and less messily than rice, but you’ll still need to give the iPhone at least 48 hours to dry out completely.

What to do if an iPhone gets wet

  1. Get the iPhone out of the water right away.
  2. Do not plug in the iPhone. If it’s plugged in already, unplug it (very carefully).
  3. Do not turn it on. This can cause short circuits.
  4. If the wet iPhone is in a case, take it out. Remove the SIM card too. Water can linger in these nooks and crannies.
  5. With a soft towel or cloth, wipe liquid off everything you can reach.
  6. Turn the iPhone upside down and give it a gentle shake to clear the ports and sockets.
  7. Power off the iPhone – but read the below first…

How do you get water out of your phone speakers? 

Try these tips to get water out of your iPhone or Android phone speakers: 

  • Take a cotton swab and gently swab the area around the speakers.  
  • Turn the device off and place it in an upright position to dry out, with the speakers facing downward. Doing so will encourage excess water to come out. 

Where am I most likely to find water damaged walls?

Wherever water pipes are present, this is where you’re most likely to suffer water damage. So, bathroom and kitchen are favorites, but the upper floor in a house is also prone to water damaged walls caused by water coming through from the attic space.

Install New, Sealed Floors

From wet carpets to swollen floorboards, it’s often evident when water has damaged your floor. But if you aren’t sure, it’s important to check immediately in case moisture has become trapped underneath. Note that underlayment and padding are particularly susceptible to water damage and must usually be removed. However, this also presents an opportunity to install new, waterproof flooring in the area. Ceramic tile, high-end vinyl and certain engineered wood materials can all help protect floors against future water damage repair. If a leaky toilet has damaged the floor underneath it, you can easily replace that flooring yourself.

Focus on Ceilings Water Damage Repair First

Ceilings exposed to water damage are more at risk due to gravity: You don’t want them sagging or collapsing. So, remove affected ceiling panels or boards first. If the ceiling leak is caused by a roof problem, it’s important to find the true source of the leak, which may be somewhere far removed from the water stain. And take this time to make sure the water caused no structural damage to beams or rafters. You can contact professionals to find out what replacing a water damaged ceiling repair cost job runs.

Identify the Source of the Water

When you find standing water on the ground, it is important to identify whether the source of the water is groundwater—water flowing in or seeping up from the ground—or if it is coming from above grade. Above-grade water usually comes from a leak in plumbing fixtures, drain pipes, or water supply pipes running in the space below the floor of the house.

Locate the access opening to your crawl space. This is sometimes an outside hatchway in the exterior wall around the crawlspace or a hatch in the floor, often located in a closet or utility area. Equipped with a good flashlight, sturdy work clothes, and plastic sheeting to protect your clothes as you crawl about, enter the crawl space and inspect every area—both the ground and the structural members of the house above you. Look for signs of standing, puddling water on the ground, and signs of discoloration caused by mildew and wood rot on the wooden posts, piers, and overhead structural members of the house.

Below-Grade Water Sources

Below-grade water problems typically become exaggerated during certain seasons of the year, especially rainy months. If your periodic inspections show that puddling water occurs more during these periods, then it is likely you are dealing with water entering the crawlspace from below grade—either as run-off from rain or from a rising water table.

In many parts of the country, the water table is quite high, and the rainy season can cause water to rise up into standing puddles in low areas of the crawlspace.

Above-Grade Water Sources

If the puddling water does not seem to be affected by seasons or weather, it is possible you are dealing with above-grade sources. This is most likely caused by plumbing problems in drain pipes or water supply pipes running beneath the floor in the crawl space.

If you notice that the pooling, puddling water is found directly below a tub, shower, toilet, or other plumbing fixtures, or beneath drain pipes, you are probably dealing with a plumbing-related water problem. The good news here is that plumbing problems can be corrected by a plumber, which will be less costly than dealing with groundwater issues.

Interior Water Issues

Simple humidity issues arise from water vapor transferring up from the ground into the crawl space. In this instance, you will rarely see puddling or pooling water, but there may be widespread evidence of mildew or mold on the wooden framing of the house.

This can be a severe problem in crawlspaces without vapor barriers and without adequate ventilation. But the solution is often simply to lay a vapor barrier over the ground, which is a much less expensive fix than dealing with major groundwater problems.

4 Type of Faucets

Knowing the 4 common types of faucet will help you know how to disassemble and fix it if need be.

Cartridge Faucets

Cartridge faucets are commonly found in bathrooms and are characterized by the two handles on either side of the spout. The handle moves up and down to turn the water on or off. The inner workings of the sink contain a cartridge that moves up and down to control the flow of water.

Disc Faucets

Disc faucets are newer faucets, and typically a bit more expensive than other standard options. They are extremely durable and reliable. Disc faucets have only a single lever to operate them. The lever sits atop a cylindrical body.

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Ball Faucets

These faucets use a ball joint to control the hot and cold waterlines. They are characterized by a single handle on a rounded cap mounted on top of the spout. To work them, you push up and down to adjust the pressure, then left or right to adjust the temperature. They’re common in kitchens and other high-use areas.

Compression Washer Faucets

Although they are the oldest type of faucet, compression washer faucets are still commonly used today. They use rubber washers to tightly seal against the flow of water. They have two handles that do not move up or down, only side to side. The most identifiable trait of compression washer faucets is that you can feel the handle of the faucet getting tighter as you shut it off.

Does rice fix water-damaged phones? 

According to Asurion Experts, putting your water-exposed device in rice may absorb some moisture. However, it may also cause other issues for your phone, such as an introduction of dust and dry starch (a rice byproduct) into your phone's cracks and crevices. Rice could also potentially become lodged in your phone's charging port or headphone jack, which can be extremely difficult to dislodge as the rice swells when exposed to liquid. 

First, Turn Off Your Phone

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After you’ve fished out your phone, immediately power down the device to reduce the chance of any electronic components shorting on you.

Next, use a pin or a SIM card removal tool to pop open the SIM tray and remove the SIM card. Water could have gotten into this tiny opening and you don’t want to risk having to replace your SIM card, too. It’s not a huge expense, but it can be a pain.

⚠️ Take out your battery if you can, but there is a good chance that your phone doesn’t have a removable battery.

What are the most common reasons for water damage to a wall?

Water damage to a wall will be caused by a leak. That leak might be from a split or punctured water pipe, a leaking tank, or damage to your roof. The plumbing should be checked, especially in bathrooms and kitchens.

Perhaps the most important thing you’ll do when fixing a water damaged wall is locate and repair the cause of the leak – if you don’t do this, you’ll be in a perpetual cycle of damage and repair.

What About Tablets and Laptops?

With tablets, you’ll want to follow the same general rules as above, though you may not have a sim card to remove. With laptops, though, your approach will diverge a bit—good luck fitting your laptop into a bowl of silica gel.

While powering down a laptop to avoid short-circuiting, don’t attempt to pull any chargers out of the wall with your bare hands—it’s a serious shock threat. Instead, turn off the power by flipping the corresponding switches in your circuit breaker before you unplug the charger. Take the back plate off and wipe down the components with a microfiber towel. You should set the computer upside down and allow it to air dry. When you power it back on, you should be good to go.

If not, try replacing the battery. If you’re still stuck, well, you’re just going to have to hit a repair shop.

Courtney Linder Deputy Editor Before joining Pop Mech, Courtney was the technology reporter at her hometown newspaper, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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