A small drip from a leaky faucet might seem like a little annoyance, yet it actually can cost you hundreds of dollars a year in water down the drain and next to nothing to fix. A leaky faucet is one of the most common home plumbing problems. Faucets are relatively easy to fix-once you know how they work and what to do to fix them.
Faucets begin to drip when washers washer repair altadena, o-rings, or seals inside the faucet are dirty with sediment, covered with mineral deposits, or just worn-out. Fixing a faucet is fairly easy, but varies depending on the type of faucet you have (see below for specific description and instructions). Once you know your faucet design, you can properly disassemble the faucet, locate the source of the leak, and then replace the worn parts or clean dirty parts.
First – Determine Faucet Design: There are four basic faucet designs: ball-style, cartridge, disc, and compression. Sometimes a faucet type can be determined by the outer appearance, but often the faucet must be taken apart to identify what kind of faucet it is. The four faucet designs come under two categories: washer and washer-less.
Second – Disassemble the Faucet: The same basic principals apply to all faucet types when starting to take a faucet apart for repair or replacement. Keep all parts and layout in the order you take them apart. This will help you both put the faucet back together and identify the parts to be replaced. See below for specific variations in faucet dis-assembly.
a. Before you begin, turn off water supply. Use the shutoff valve underneath faucet/sink or the main water service valve to the home, usually found near the water meter.
b. Also before you start faucet dis-assembly, plug the sink and place a towel over sink-saves you from losing parts down the drain and scratching the sink surface.
c. Remove decorative cap or plug (if faucet has one). Start to pry off with a razor blade, then completely remove cap with a flat-head screw driver. It is a good idea to cover the screw driver end with masking or painter’s tape to avoid scratching he faucet finish.
d. Remove handle screw or setscrew, depending on type of faucet.
e. Remove the handle.
f. Depending on faucet type you may need to remove a rounded or escutcheon cap.
g. Pull or pry off the whole faucet assembly. Note the manufacturer if possible.
h. Carefully disassemble the faucet and lay out in the same order you remove parts.
Third – Identify the Problem & Repair Faucet: Look for broken, cracked, or worn o-rings or other faucet components. Replace worn or broken faucet parts. It is recommended to take the old parts to be replaced to the store to be sure you have the correct ones. Also note the faucet manufacturer. Clean screens and faucet components of dirt, grim, or mineral deposits that may be impairing the faucet’s function.
Fourth – Re-assemble the Faucet: Put the faucet back together in the correct order and re-install.
Last – Turn Water Back On: When opening shutoff valves after faucet repairs are complete, keep the faucet’s handle open, let the trapped air release, then when water runs steady, close faucet.