Got a leaky faucet? We’ve got you. Let us give you some tips on how to fix that drippy pain in the neck!
Before you begin, take a close look at the dripping faucet to figure out where the water is coming from. Leakage from the end of the spout necessitates a different fix than a leak around the base.
Turn off the dripping faucet’s water source. Shutoff valves are most likely to be found under the sink. If those valves fail or you don’t have any, you’ll have to shut off the water supply to your entire house.
To alleviate water pressure and ensure that the water is turned off, open the faucet to the center position after turning it off.
As you remove pieces, please pay careful attention to their order and orientation. In case you forget, a digital camera or video camera comes in handy for capturing each move. Set the pieces aside in the order they were removed for easier reassembly.
Examine the interior of the valve for signs of gasket deterioration. Clean the surface with a cloth or a fine nylon abrasive pad. Soak mineral deposits in vinegar to loosen them.
Plugged holes in the faucet body can cause slow water flow. Clean them out with a tiny screwdriver or a penknife. Keep a rag over the leaking faucet and turn the shut-off valve on slightly to flush out anything that may have come loose during the cleaning and inspection before replacing worn parts and reassembling the faucet.
Turn the faucet on pull power after it has been reassembled, and progressively open the shutoff valves to turn on the stream. Allow the tap to remain open until the water runs freely, and all air has been removed from the pipes. The aerator may be plugged if the water flow through the faucet is sluggish. Clean out the aerator by unscrewing it and scrubbing it with a stiff brush or sponge. Another way to clean the aerator is to soak it in vinegar for 30 minutes to clear mineral buildup.
Bring any worn-out parts to the store that need to be replaced.
The brand name is often stamped on the faucet. The brand is essential information when it comes to locating replacement pieces to perform any repairs. However, it is safer to bring the worn parts to the store with you in most situations.
You’re in luck if you have a Delta or other rotary ball faucet since repair kits are often available at hardware stores and home centers. Moen “cartridge-style” faucet cartridges and repair kits are also readily available. However, if you have a different model or a disc-style faucet, you may need to order parts because there are many models and brands.
When looking for a new cartridge, knowing the model name or number of the faucet is helpful. Otherwise, bring the cartridge to the store with you to compare it to a picture in the parts catalog.
If you’re having trouble locating components, contact the faucet’s maker for assistance or give us a call to take care of that leaky faucet for you! tel:8283927930