How To Stop Leaks In Brass Fittings?

RTF Plumbing banner 2The most important thing for plumbing systems or fixtures is the sealing performance. If any leak occurs, the whole system would result in poor performance, even in failure to work. Many factors can cause the unpleasant leakage, such as the poor installation. In most cases, brass fittings have a small, dome-shaped plastic washer inside that acts as a seal. If the washer turns sideways or doesn’t seat right when you tighten the nut, water will leak out. No matter how tight you get the fitting, the leakage is still there. At this time, it is necessary to re-fit the washer to ensure sealing performance. The following article goes to introduce a practical way to stop leaks in brass fittings.

The entire process is moderately easy to handle with. Some tools should be prepared well. They are the 3/4-inch open-end wrench, clean cloth, Teflon tape and small screwdriver. These tools are quite common with easy access. After all things are ready, the task really starts.

At first, turn off the attaching water valves. They can be turned off by hand in a clockwise direction. And the brass fittings are the ones that hook onto the bottom of your water faucet on both sides. Once the brass fittings have been verified, identify the one that is leaking through its hose coming out the bottom of both of them. The one that is leaking may be shown with being wet.


Secondly, loosen the fitting with a wrench in a counterclockwise direction. Be cautious at this moment. A small amount of water will spill from it. When the fitting is off the faucet, use the clean cloth to clean off any debris or old Teflon tape around the threads. Then, peel off 6 inches of new Teflon tape and wrap it around the threads of the faucet where the fitting came off.

Afterwards, pull the hose out of the cabinet and hold the fitting with one hand and push up on the hose with the other hand to dislodge the plastic washer until it comes loose. Insert the tip of a small screwdriver in the fitting and push down on the washer. Screw the fitting back on the bottom threads of the faucet over top of the new Teflon tape. It is important to avoid tightening the fitting too tightly. Turn the water back on. The whole process has been done successfully.

Once the brass fittings are in leakage, it is necessary to fix it. And the introduced method can help you to do this task well. Remember that the whole process is to loosen the fitting loose, re-fit the washer and put the fitting back on.

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