It may be a bit scary if you are doing that first time in your life. But that’s an adventure, too. You will have to set off for a minor research expedition around the house. Your first challenge will be finding the right valve that turns of the water supply to the faucet in question.
The first guess would be that the valve you are searching for, will be in the cabinet right under your sink. Don’t be afraid to open the door and have a look. Most likely you will have to turn off two valves – the hot and the cold water.
But if not, you will have to travel a little farther. Somewhere there in the cellar, there needs to be the inlet valve that will stop the water supply to the whole house. If you cannot find where the water can be turned off locally, you will have no other choice that to turn it off where it is possible.
Once the water has been turned off, there are these unsophisticated steps to take in order to find out what needs to be doing:
- Take a close look at the faucet and find a screw, nut or something similar, most likely on the handle, that will open it. Once found, unscrew it carefully with a suitable tool.
- Pull out the unscrewed part and try to identify the washer that is designed to lock the water channel and see if it needs to be replaced.
- Take the washer or the whole piece to your local hardware store and ask if they have a replacement.
- If you have now the replacement washer, assemble the faucet in reverse order than that you opened it. But if the store did not have the part you needed, then a new faucet may be a better choice than giving any more effort to finding it some other place.
Modern faucets from a good brand do not leak or drip. There are ceramic discs used in the valves that provide strong, leak proof seal. The material used in them is hard and durable so those discs won’t wear loose even after years of service.
And they are not expensive at all. How much are you going to spend on gas chasing all around the country the washer you need? How much time are you ready to waste on that?
Make up your mind and draw the line. Explore the faucets featured on this site. I am sure you will eventually find a drip-free for lifetime faucet to replace your dear old one. Decide and take a step.