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Quick Fixes For A Leaky Faucet

If you wake up during the night, having a dripping faucet in the bathroom next door almost ensures that you'll have problems getting back to sleep. The steady "drip, drip, drip" may even drive you to faucet violence or at least to curse a bit. Truly fixing a dripping faucet will take some real work and often the help of a plumber, but in the short-term, you can save your sanity by taking some temporary measures.

The String Fix

Instead of losing sleep, get a long piece of string from your junk drawer and tie it onto the faucet head. Pull the string out so that the drip hits the string. The water will follow the string down to the basin and land silently before it runs down the drain. This is a simple and almost elegant fix to use until you can address the cause of the drip. If you can't find string, try using your wrapping ribbon.

Bowl and Sponge

If you cannot stand to waste water, the thought of all those drips running down the drain may make you quite unhappy. Of course, putting a bowl or a pitcher underneath the faucet saves the water but does not cure the sound problem. You can save water and stop the noise by placing a new sponge at the bottom of the bowl. The sound is effectively muffled, and as long as the sponge is fresh, you can use the water for a number of chores later. Kitchen sponges are an inexpensive temporary fix for your leaky faucet.

Water Valve

If this dripping situation begins in the middle of the night or you first notice it then, you may be too sleepy to search for any items to stop the noise. You can simply choose to turn off the water to the sink until you can deal with the issue in the morning. The shut-off levers should be located directly under your sink. After you've had a good night's sleep, you can worry about the long-term fix, one that may involve your friendly local plumber.

The sound of dripping water may not actually drive you over the edge, but it can transport you very close to it. Dripping faucets will not cure themselves, so you will eventually have to either DIY or call a plumber for help. In the short-term, you can survive the noise by trying a temporary fix or two. Find your favorite and pass along the information to your family and friends who are also afflicted with the dreaded leaky faucet.

For plumbing services, contact a business such as South West Plumbing.