Fixing a leaky faucet isn’t a daunting task at all. Though it may be a bit challenging for first-time DIY plumbers, it still is very doable. With the right tools and the ability to follow instructions properly, you should be able to put a stop to that leak ASAP. And remember, we recommend fixing the issue immediately to avoid paying for a high water bill and causing further damage on your property. With that being said, we want to share with you a quick and easy-to-follow do-it-yourself guide on how to fix a two-handle kitchen stem faucet.
1. The first thing you have to do is to uncover the handle screw that’s hidden just under the decorative cap found at the center of each of the handles. Yes, they’re the ones that are marked with “H” for hot and “C” for cold. Pry these caps off and remove the screws using your screwdriver.
2. Once you have removed the screws, you should be able to gain access to the packing nuts. Remove them as well because they’re the ones that hold the handles securely to the faucet’s body. Use your reliable wrench for this task and then carefully pull out the handle assembly with the help of your needle-nosed pliers.
3. When you have pulled the handles out, check the washers. They’re rubber discs found right under the stem. If they are already worn out, they’re the reason why your faucet drips. Also examine the screws and double check if they’re already rusty.
4. If the the screws are rusty, twist them off with your hands. If they won’t budge, you may drill them out. Re-thread the hole if needed.
5. Before replacing your washer, check the edge of the stem where it fits. If it looks worn out as well, you can simply file it away and replace it with a nickel retainer bowl. This way, the new washer will fit in nicely.
6. Put the new washers in place and fasten them with new screws made from brass.
7. Before putting the handles back in their respective places, check the valve seat first. If it’s still good, not corroded or worn out, you can proceed with the re-installation. Otherwise, you’ll have to replace the valve seat first because if it’s damaged, the faucet will just keep on leaking even if you put new washers in it.
8. If the valve seat isn’t damaged at all, apply some pipe joint and re-assemble the handles.
9. Perform a test just to make sure that the leak is fixed.
We hope that our DIY guide on two handle kitchen faucet repair solves the leak. If you need professional plumbing assistance, just hire the most trusted Juno Beach FL plumbing company. Plumbers 911 Florida delivers top-notch plumbing services in Juno Beach FL including faucet repair, kitchen plumbing, plumbing fixture repair, plumbing installation, leak detection and many more! Call us now at 305-662-0668 (Miami-Dade County FL), 954-468-0512 (Broward County FL), 561-327-6287 (Palm Beach County FL)!
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