Leaky faucets are among one of the most common problems that homeowners run into. After your plumbing system has been in order for a few years, certain aspects may need some maintenance and upkeep in order to keep them in tip top shape. One of these things would be the faucets, especially in bathroom and kitchen sinks.
Because this is such a common problem, many homeowners seek to solve the issue themselves. In some circumstances, this is achievable. However, if you do not know your way around the fixtures, or if you simply do not want to deal with it yourself, feel free to contact the experts at Vegas Plumbing Service. If you do want to DIY fix your leaky faucets, we’ve detailed the simplest way to attempt this for you here:
Shut Off Water
There should be a valve under your sink that cuts off the water supply to this section of your plumbing. Make sure that this is twisted to the off position before beginning any work on your drippy faucet. If for some reason this valve is not under your sink, you may have to shut off the water supply to the entire house for the time being. After twisting this valve off, or cutting the water to the whole home, leave the sink running to empty out the remaining water in the line, and leave this open.
There are a few different ways that you can go about doing this, depending on what kind of sink you have. Some sinks have a screw behind the handle. If this is the case, use a hex key or an allen wrench to unscrew these and remove. Some sinks have a screw cover. Before unscrewing and removing, you will need to take this cover off. Usually a flathead screwdriver is sufficient in getting this covered removed. Once the screw(s) are taken out, you will be able to pull the handle free.
Next, loosen up the packing nut that is settled in the handle assembly with a crescent wrench. Once loosened, remove and set aside. You should be able to pull the cartridge straight up and out of the handle at this point. If this is not the case, you may need to have a special tool to remove the cartridge. This should be indicated in the manufacturer’s manual.
Install New Cartridge
Once the old cartridge has been removed, clean the area, dry it off, and look at all the pieces and parts to make sure nothing is damaged. If any of them look worn down, replace them to prevent any further issues. When you’ve replaced all necessary parts, insert a new cartridge.
After everything has been replaced and reinserted, reattached the packing nut, tightening with a crescent wrench. Replace the handle and the screw, and cover if necessary. Turn your water back on and test the faucet to make sure everything is working properly.
If you have followed all these steps and are still running into issues with your faucet leaking, give us a call. We would love to help you stop the dripping and save you some money!