Virtually every homeowner will sooner or later have to deal with a leaking faucet in their home. Whenever a faucet leaks it is usually due to something as simple as a worn out washer or seal in the faucet itself. Yet, for something so simple and small if your bedroom is near the leaking faucet it can drive you mad at night while you are trying to get some rest. If you need assistance or do not simply have the time to take care of it yourself then get in touch with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing to schedule an appointment and have our professional Katy plumbing team handle the job for you.
However, if you are going to do the repairs yourself, below is a helpful guide that will assist you with most faucets:
First, assemble what you’ll need for faucet repair:
- A towel to absorb water that may leak
- Crescent wrench
- Channel lock pliers
The next thing that you will need to do is cut off the water being supplied to the faucet so that you do not make a huge wet mess. There might be a shut off valve for the water supply line just underneath the faucet. If not you will need to either shut off the water at the supply valve just outside the home or at the water meter itself. Once this is accomplished the next thing that you will need to do is open the faucet and allow any remaining water to drain out before you begin the necessary repairs.
After the remaining water has been drained, the next thing that you will want to do is disassemble the faucet and this will depend on what type of faucet it is. Is the faucet a one handle or two handle type and is it washer-less or not? The following guide will go over the most common faucet repairs. With the two-knob faucet you will have to replace both the seals and washers for each handle depending on what type it is.
Disassembly will begin with prying up the cold and hot inserts. Use a screwdriver to pop these loose and when you lift them off it will reveal two screws. Unscrew these screws to remove the faucet stem. Instead of screws you may also find nuts. Either way whether it is screws or nuts, they will need to be removed in order to remove the faucet stem. Once the stem is loose it will simply lift out.
Washer-type faucets use a washer that closes onto a metal washer seat. The washer can harden or become worn causing leaks and necessitating faucet repair. Replacing all the washers while the faucet is disassembled for faucet repair is the best bet to assure replacement of the leaking washer. The washer at the tail of the stem is called the seat washer. The packing washers are at the center of the stem. Examine the stem carefully, if the threads are badly worn or corroded take it with you and buy replacements along with the washers. Replace the brass screw if it is damaged. If corrosion is due to hard water you may be able to clean it with vinegar and a toothbrush otherwise it’s best to just replace any worn parts during repair.
On the other hand, prepackaged repair kits are usually available for the washer-less faucet. Faucet repair on this type faucet is varied according to brand and model. Follow instructions as indicated with kits.
Finally, screw in the valve and reattach the guard followed by the handles.
If your faucet repair is in the shower, seal around the faucet where it touches the shower wall with caulk.
If faucet repair doesn’t stop the leak, the faucet may require replacement. This is usually a job for a licensed plumber but the skilled do it yourself homeowner may opt to replace it themselves. While there are many types of faucets the following instructions apply to the most common.
First, choose a replacement faucet. Keep in mind, not all faucets are interchangeable. Get an exact measurement for the holes of your old faucet. Take your old faucet with you to find a replacement that will fit.
To remove the old faucet you must disconnect it from the water supply and loosen the two nuts that attach it to the sink using a basin wrench, or channel lock pliers. Be careful not to break the water lines.
Next, line your new faucet up with supply lines (pipes), wrap a few turns of Teflon tape to the pipe threads and fasten using the pipe wrench. Follow the manufacturer’s directions closely to ensure a leak free fit.
Finally, turn the water back on and observe for leaks. If leaks are noted cut the water off, check all connections and tighten nuts and screws. If you still have a leak, remove the faucet and start over.
Faucet repair and replacement can be accomplished by the experienced do it yourself homeowner. However, if your faucet continues to leak our professional plumbers are only a phone call away. Let us show you how we can help you when you require faucet repair by an experienced and professional Katy plumbing servicecompany.
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