Do the faucets in your kitchen or bathroom leak? and you want to put a stop to it. If that’s the case, the article will show you How To Fix A Leaky Faucet.
I will walk you through the simple steps to fix the three main types of two-handle faucets: ceramic disc, compression, and cartridge.
To fix a leaky faucet, you first need to identify which side of the faucet is dripping by simply shutting off all the valves one at a time, and then identify the side that is leaking. Turn off the water and remove both the faucet handle and cartridge. Then replace the cartridge and reattach the handle.
How To Fix a Leaky Faucet
Here is how to fix a dripping ceramic disc faucet
1. Determine the leaky side of the faucet.
To be able to fix the leaky faucet, we will first, identify which side of the faucet is actually leaking. To do this, we have to shut off the water supply valves one after another.
If you close the first valve and the dripping continues, it means the other valve is the leaky one, so we close the second valve.
2. Shut off the water supply to the faucet.
Now that we have identified the leaking side of the faucet, you have to shut off the water supply to the leaky faucet. After you’ve turned off the water supply, turn the faucet so that any water remnants will flow away.
3. Close the sink drain with a towel.
If the leaky faucet is in the kitchen sink or bathtub, you must carefully protect your kitchen sink by closing the sink drain with a towel. Now unscrew the faucet aerator to remove it.
If the aerator becomes rusted and cannot be unscrewed, soak a towel or other piece of cloth in white vinegar.
Then wrap the piece of cloth around the aerator and leave it for 1 or 2 hours to help loosen the rust.
4. Buy a new faucet kit.
Now, gently twist the aerator to unscrew it. After you have succeeded in unscrewing the faucet, take it to any plumbing store in your neighborhood and get a new one.
Remember to take pictures or videos of the process so you can easily repair it when you get new kits.
5. Fix the new faucet kit
Check the photo or video you took earlier while dismantling the faucet, and then replace it as directed.
Often, only one part needs to be replaced, but experience has shown that replacing the entire kit is more effective. Replace the aerator as well, if necessary.
That’s how you can quickly fix a leaky two-handle faucet. Simple rught? Continue reading to also learn how to fix a leaky ceramic faucet.
How To Fix A Leaky Ceramic Disc Faucet
To fix a leaky ceramic disc faucet, first, loosen the head screw and pull off the handle, then remove the faucet retainer nut and pull off the cylinder. Now get a new cylinder and reassemble the faucet again, and the leaky faucet is fixed.
It’s recommended that instead of repairing the cylinder of a leaky ceramic disc faucet, it will be better to buy a new cylinder and replace the old one.
This is due to the fact that repairing the old one may not have stood the test of time before it began dripping.
That’s how simple it is to fix a leaky ceramic faucet. So continue reading while i show you how you can also fix a leaky compression faucet.
How To Fix A Dripping Compression Faucet
To fix a dripping compression faucet, you will need to replace either the O-ring, the washer, or the gasket on the compression valve system of the leaky faucet.
Here’s how to fix a leaky compression faucet.
1. Pull off the handle
Pull off the handle and unscrew the valve stem to replace the washer, o-ring, or gasket, then pull out the old gasket and screw it to remove the seat washer.
2. Apply grease
Now apply plumbing grease to the compression, and replace the gasket, the valve seat washer, or the screw with a new one.
3. Reassemble everything.
Reassemble everything after making the changes, and the leaky compression or reverse-compression will be fixed.
Wow! That’s how easy it is to fix a dripping compression faucet in your kitchen. Continue reading, and let me also show you how to fix a leaky cartridge faucet.
How To Fix A Leaky Cartridge Faucet
To fix a leaky cartridge faucet, you’ll need to unscrew the set and pull off the handle. After that, remove the retaining clip or nut on some modern faucets and pull off the cartridge. Then replace the old cartridges with new ones, and your leaky cartridge faucet is fixed.
How To Fix A Leaky Faucet, Generally
Follow these steps to repair any faucet that is leaking:
- To fix any leaky faucet, you’ll need to gently turn on the supply valve.
- Allow the water to run for 2–5 minutes to enable it to flush out any residue or debris.
- Clean the aerator with white vinegar.
- Rinse the aerator, then screw it back together.
- That should take care of your faucet leaks. Your leaking faucet is fixed.
You can read our guide on How To Clean Faucet Head Fast And Easy