Have you been hearing an annoying drip, drop, drip, drop coming from your kitchen sink? Does it keep you awake at night? It is time to take action and perform a simple faucet repair.
Your bathroom and kitchen faucets are frequently used fixtures that seldom need to be maintained. However, when you notice problems, it is best to address them quickly to avoid having bigger problems later on.
To fix a leaky faucet, you will need an adjustable pair of pliers or wrench, a screwdriver, and the new seals and gaskets which will replace the old ones. Before beginning any project that involves pressurized pipes or valves, make sure you turn off the water supply for those fixtures before beginning.
- Remove the faucet handles. With the wrench or pliers, remove the hot and cold water valve stems.
- Inspect the base of each stem for nicks or breaks. Replace the round, rubber seals. Make sure you use the correct size seal.
- Replace the rubber gasket or o-ring on each valve stem.
- Inspect the valve stem seating on the faucet housing. If you see damage to this area, try grinding it flush with a special tool that can be obtained at your local hardware store.
- Reassemble the faucet and re-pressurize the hot and cold water feed lines. Test the faucet to make sure there are no leaks or drips.
If the faucet housing or either of the valve stems are damaged beyond repair, they can all or individually be replaced. If you buy new valve stems, be sure to take along the old stem in order to compare it to the new. Getting the correct size is critical.
For any assistance with faucet repair or replacement, be sure to contact your local plumbing professional. He will offer advice on what to purchase, the brands that are reliable and will make sure the installation is done correctly.