Leaking faucets may not inflict as much damage as other plumbing emergencies. However, you can’t deny that hearing the constant dripping in the middle night while you’re trying to catch some sleep is inconvenient and annoying. Now if you have a cartridge faucet that drips, check out this DIY guide we have prepared just for you! Cartridge faucets, by the way, have a plastic cartridge inside their handles. These are responsible for regulating the flow of water in and out of the fixture.
1. First things, first. Turn off the water supply valve under the sink to prevent flooding your work area. Afterward, turn the faucet on to relieve pressure and get rid of the remaining water inside the plumbing line.
2. Once done, look for the decorative cap at the center of the faucet handle. Pry it off and then remove the screw that you’ll uncover under the cap. If the faucet only has a single handle, you may need to use an Allen wrench.
3. Now remove the faucet parts one by one. Start with the retaining nut. Once you’re done, remove the retaining clip then proceed with the plastic retaining caps.
4. Afterward, you’ll notice the housing that holds the faucet’s body. Remove the housing ring and then carefully lift the faucet spout from the body. Put the spout in a safe place and then carefully clean the fixture’s body to eradicate sediments. You may want to use an old toothbrush for this task.
5. When you’re done cleaning, detach the clip that’s located at the top of the faucet’s cartridge with the use of needle-nose pliers.
6. Next, inspect the old O-ring. Is it worn out? Chances are, it probably is so remove it.
7. Now get a pair of groove-joint pliers and use it to grip the old cartridge. Carefully pull it out and ensure that you won’t damage it. If the pliers fail, you must use a stem puller instead. When you’re done, clean the faucet body, too.
8. Make sure that the old O-ring is exactly like the old one. Use your fingers and coat it with silicone grease. Afterward, carefully put it in place.
9. Next, check the cartridge. If it’s worn out as well, you must replace it. Otherwise, you can go ahead and reinstall it. Proceed with the installation of the clip and then slide the spout on the faucet’s housing.
10. Carefully screw the retaining ring back and then reinstall the plastic nut with your hand. Put the plastic cap back and tighten it. Make sure it fits snugly.
11. Put the retaining nut in place and then reinstall the faucet handle. Put the decorative cap back on the handle.
12. Turn the water supply valve on and run the tap. Make sure that you’ll check for leaks.
We hope that you learned how to fix dripping faucets through our blog today. If problems persist, just call the best Fairway plumbing contractor for your plumbing needs. Plumbers 911 Kansas provides emergency plumbing services in Fairway KS including plumbing fixture installation, plumbing appliance installation, faucet repair, toilet repair, water heater repair and many more! Call us at 816-326-8643 to schedule a service!
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