How to Repair a Leaky Faucet
Tired of that annoying drip, drip, drip? If you would like to attempt some do-it-yourself repairs, you will need to determine what type of faucet you are dealing with. There are 4 basic types of faucet, and each one will require something different. A compression faucet has two screw handles, one for cold and one for hot. The other three types of faucets all have one central handle; however, the internal mechanisms at the base of their handles are all very different. It may be necessary to take your faucet apart before you can tell which type it is.
Since it’s the simplest, let’s begin with the compression faucet. For this type of faucet you may also need replacement seat washers and replacement O-rings. When purchasing any replacement parts it is always wise to take the old part to the hardware store with you so that you can match them up exactly.
For all types of faucets you will need:
- Heat-resistant, non-toxic plumber’s grease
1. Turn off the water to your faucet. Look under the sink for the pipes going up to your faucet. On those pipes should be handles to shut off the water to your sink. Turn them clockwise to shut the water off.
2. Close up the drain with the stopper if you have one or use a rag if you don’t. You don’t want anything falling down there!
3. Remove each handle. You may need to remove any decorative caps, then unscrew and remove the handles.
4. Using a wrench, remove the nut. Underneath, you will find the stem that sits on top of the O-ring. The O-ring sits on top of a seat washer, which is often what is causing the problem.
5. Pull out the stem to expose the O-ring and seat washer. The O-ring will be thinner and the seat washer will be thicker. If the leak is in the handle itself, replace the O-ring.
6. The seat washer will be held in place by an upside down screw. Remove and replace the seat washer. Before installing the new seat washer, coat it with plumber’s grease.
7. Reassemble both the handles.
1. Unscrew and remove the handle.
2. Remove the escutcheon cap that is directly beneath the handle.
3. Unscrew and remove the disk cylinder.
4. Remove the seals from the underside of the cylinder.
5. Clean the cylinder with white vinegar to remove any build up.
6. Replace the seals.
7. Reassemble the handle. When you run the water, turn it on slowly or it may crack the ceramic disk.
1. Unscrew, and remove the handle.
2. Remove any retaining clips with pliers.
3. Pull the cartridge so that it stands straight up, as this is the position the cartridge is in when the water is on.
4. Remove the faucet spout.
5. Replace the O-rings. Remove the old O-rings, then coat the new ones in plumber’s grease before installing.
6. Reassemble the handle.
A professional plumber in Mesa Arizona can help you decide if plumbing repair is worth the cost and trouble or if you would be better off replacing the entire faucet. If the faucet is old enough that the washers and seals are worn out, it may be time for a new faucet. A new faucet can be an easy and attractive upgrade to any room.
In Mesa Arizona, a veteran plumber will arrive at your home with the parts, knowledge, and experience to get the Mesa plumbing repair done quickly and get it done right the first time.