As minor as the problem might seem, small leaks could lead you into paying extremely high water bills, not forgetting the risk of water damage. A dripping faucet is a problem that anyone is bound to experience. This could result from the corrosion of the valve seat, worn out O-rings & seals, a buildup of washers and valve parts, or even loose parts. The noise by dripping water is not that lovely either! it is thus fair that you learn how to fix a leaky faucet. To start the process though, you ought to have the following materials:
• Flathead screwdriver
• Adjustable wrench
• Replacement parts
• A lubricant
• White vinegar
• Ahead screwdriver
• A Scouring pad
Shut Down the Water
Before commencing the repair process, it is advisable that you first shut off the water to avoid ending up flooding the place. You can quickly locate the shutoff valves beneath the sink. An alternative to this is turning off the water at the main supply line. To ensure that the water is completely shut off as you relieve water pressure from lines, you can try turning on the faucet. Once you do this, cover the drains with small parts as this will minimize your chances of losing small plumbing down the hole and once this is done you are now ready to fix leaky faucet.
Take Out the Faucet Handles
Use the flathead screwdriver to take the faucet’s decorative handles out. In case the screws holding the handles are corroded and thus hard to open, apply the lubricant to help them loosen. Put those somewhere safe as you will need them later on.
Examine the Faucet Parts
Loosen the packing nut with the wrench to reveal the stem. After this, pry or twist the stem from the valve. Examine the stem and packaging nut to note any signs of corrosion or buildup. You also ought to inspect the washer and O-ring in the valve seat to see whether they are in a perfect condition. Clean these parts to do away with deposits or buildup.
Assemble Your Faucet
Assemble the faucet to its former and functional state using all the parts you took apart. If you notice any damaged or corroded faucet parts, it is important that you replace them. After putting the faucet back together, turn on the faucet to inspect any leaks Congratulations! Your plumbing is now in a better state than it previously was.
You now know how to repair a single lever faucet. However, it is important that you know when to do a replacement. Most valves have a life of 10 years, after which they ought to be changed. Some indicators that your faucet needs a replacement include; extensive corrosion, lost parts, and multiple leak areas.
Clean the Valves
Now that you have all faucet parts aside, it is time you examine the pipes. There are high chances of buildup or material deposits. On the affected areas, pour white vinegar and leave everything to soak for a few minutes. Doing this will dissolve the sediments, making them easily removable. Clean up the parts and surfaces with the scouring pads. Afterwards, rinse this with clean water.