Your bathroom faucet is a durable plumbing fixture that may last for years as long as it is used and maintained properly. However, it is not exempted from occasional issues. In fact, some of its components wear out eventually and this will result to different kinds of plumbing predicaments. For instance, we all know that compression-type faucets have washers. These rubber parts are responsible for creating a seal in the valve seat. Now problems arise when these components wear out thus causing leaks. If you currently have a leaking bathroom faucet, use this DIY guide to apply a quick fix!
1. As always, you must shut off the water supply valve before starting the repair. If your bathroom sink faucet has its own valve, there will be no need for you to turn the main water valve off. To ensure that there’s no water left inside the pipe, you must turn the faucet on. Doing so will prevent water from shooting out.
2. Now plug the sink drain so that nothing will accidentally fall into it. Remember, you’ll be handling a number of small components that will fit into the sink drain.
3. Afterward, locate the decorative cap on the faucet’s handle and pry it off with a flathead screwdriver or any similar tool. Set the cap aside.
4. When you have removed the cap, you’ll uncover the handle screw. Loosen it up with the use of a Phillips screwdriver. Now try to lift and detach the handle. If the faucet’s already corroded, chances are, the faucet handle will be difficult to remove. You should use a handle puller in that case.
5. After removing the faucet handle, get a wrench and loosen the packing nut, too. For this task, use a pair of water-pump pliers or a slip joint to remove the packing nut.
6. When you’re done with the previous step, you have to unscrew the faucet stem assembly. Use the slip-joint pliers for this task. Make sure that you’ll remove the bib screw because it’s the one that secures the rubber washer in place.
7. After removing the bib screw, remove the old, worn out washer. To ensure that you’ll install the right replacement, take the damaged washer to the plumbing supply shop and use it as a guide.
8. When you’re ready to install the new washer, use your index finger and touch the valve seat hole. Is it rough? If it is, you should also replace the seat.
9. To remove the old valve seat, you have to use a seat wrench. Fit the wrench into the valve seat and turn the former counter clockwise. If the seat is stuck as well, you might have to use a seat dressing tool. Check and follow the manual of the repair kit that you bought to make sure that you’ll do it right.
10. Now unscrew the faucet’s stem from its retaining nut. Check if the threads are damaged and replace the faucet stem if needed.
11. Afterward, get rid of the O-ring carefully. Apply grease on the new O-ring and set it in place. Secure it with the new stem screw.
12. Reinstall the faucet stem assembly properly. Attach the faucet handle and don’t forget to put the cap back. Turn the water supply valve on and run the tap. Observe if you have eradicated the leak.
We hope that you learned how to fix leaky faucet through our blog today. If the problem persists, call the most reliable Chesapeake Beach plumbers. Plumbers 911 Washington DC provides affordable plumbing services in Chesapeake Beach MD including faucet repair, leak detection, toilet repair, bathroom remodeling, water heater repair and many more! Call us now at (877) 932-5325 to schedule a service!
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