Doing your own faucet repair is quite easy once you learn the basics. In fact, the hardest part is finding the right replacement parts. We’ll show you how to fix leaking faucets below, but make sure you have the basic equipment: a set of small Allen wrenches, screwdrivers and large slip-joint pliers.
The Basics for All Faucet Repairs
First, determine where the water leak is coming from. Repairing leaks around the base of the spout is different than a drip from the end of the spout. Shut off the water supply to the faucet. There will usually be shutoff valves under the sink. If not, shut off the main water valve to your entire home.
Set the faucet in the center position to relieve water pressure and ensure that water is not flowing. Then, cover the sink drain holes with strainer baskets or rags to stop small parts from going down the drain. Record each step using a digital camera or video camera in case you forget. For easier reassembling, set the parts aside in the order and orientation how you remove them.
Inspect the interior of the valve for any deteriorated gaskets or mineral deposits. Clean the surface with a cloth or fine nylon abrasive pad. Soak the interior of the valve in vinegar to loosen mineral deposits. Slow water flow can be due to plugged holes in the faucet body. Clean them out using a small screwdriver or penknife. Flush out debris that may have come loose during the cleaning and inspection.
Reassemble the faucet, replacing the worn-out parts with new ones. Open the faucet to the middle position and, little by little, turn on the water supply. Keep the faucet open to allow free water flow and force all air out of the pipes. If water flow is still weak, remove the aerator and clean it out.
Take the Old Parts to the Store to Find Replacements
The brand name is often stamped on the faucet; it helps to know the faucet’s model or number when finding repair parts. The safest way, though, is to take the worn parts to the store with you. They can usually match it to a photo in the parts catalog. You’ll usually find repair kits in most hardware stores and home centers. Otherwise, you may have to order parts from the manufacturer.
For home repairs and maintenance you cannot do, consult Handyman Connection of Chattanooga. You can count on us for quality workmanship and superior customer service. Call (423) 709-8005.