It’s just about time you learn how to fix a leaky faucet if you constantly experience having to wake up in the middle of the night to the irritating noise of drip, drip, drip from a leaky faucet. By doing so, you will eliminate the need for a plumber, and consequently, high plumbing costs. And of course, the best part is, no more sleepless nights.
You might think you really need a plumber to fix a leaky faucet. But no, you can do it by yourself! And with these simple and easy to follow steps, you will never have to dial a plumber again.
Shoutout to Josh at madisonplumberswi.com for hooking us up with some great info.
Here are just some of the basic materials and tools you will need:
– Screwdriver – Washers
Before You Start
1. Look under your sink and search for a shutoff valve. Turn its handles counter-clockwise (off) to switch off the water supply. Remember the saying “righty-tighty, lefty-loosey”. This will guide you in switching your water supply on and off.
2. Keep an assortment of replacement parts at hand. This includes washers, O-rings, and etc.
3. Plug down the drain, to make sure that no small parts like screws or washers go down the drain.
4. As you work, keep in mind the exact order of the parts from the moment it was taken apart and line them up. This will serve as a guide when it’s time to reassemble it, so you wouldn’t have a hard time tracing what goes in first.
1. As your first step, take the faucet handles off. Use your screwdriver to remove the screws that are holding them on. Afterwards, you can pry the handles open using a flathead screwdriver.
2. Faucet handles removed, you may now proceed to removing the old washer located behind the handle. If no washer is present, then don’t fret. Buy one and use it later on.
3. With the new washer that you just bought, replace the old washer. Put it where the old washer used to be. Keep in mind that the hole in the washer must be just a little bit bigger than the post where the handle turns.
4. Reassemble the faucet. Put the handle back on to its post and screw it in. Make sure that you do not tighten it too much, as this can damage brass fittings. Just keep it hand-tight.
5. Test it. Turn your water on by turning the handles of your shut-off valve clockwise or to the left.
6. By this time, your faucets shouldn’t be leaking. If it still does though, you could choose to repeat the whole process or resolve to tighten the screws just a little bit more. If that still doesn’t work, give up and call a plumber. Hey, at least you tried.
Guidelines on How to Replace a Bathroom Faucet
Maintaining a home over a long period of time will include replacing old or worn out devices and fixtures. The bathroom is one room where things will often need to be fixed or replaced. For instance, one common problem most homeowners will have to deal with is a leaky faucet. In such cases, it may just be a damaged or worn washer that needs to be replaced. However, the problem could be more serious and require the replacement of the faucet. As well, many homeowners will have their bathrooms faucets replaced if they are renovating the bathroom. If you have a basic bathroom set up, you can likely do the replacement yourself. However, if there is much serious damage or the replacement job seems like it will be quite difficult, it is wise to use the services of a plumber who can replace the faucet in an efficient manner.
For easy bathroom faucet replacement jobs, below are general guidelines on how to replace a bathroom faucet:
1. Before you do anything, you need to turn off the water supply so that water does not spill out all over the floor. There should be a shut off valve on the on the pipes under the sink. You can also shut off the main water valve normally found in the basement or at the water meter if you do not have a shut off valve.
2. You will now need to remove the faucet. First, remove the nuts and washers from the faucet. You will need a wrench to remove the nuts. Once removed, gently pull out the old faucet and pipes from the sink. Check the pipes to see if they are still in good shape. If there is any damage such as cracks, you will have to get them replaced which is a job best left for a plumber.
3. Once everything is removed and all of the lines have been thoroughly checked over, you can clean up any gunk and dirt around the area of installation so the faucet installed will be a secure and tight fit. Make sure everything is dry before you install the new faucet.
4. Place the new faucet in the spot where the old faucet had been located. Securely position the faucet end in the hole using the nuts and washers that came with the faucet, use a wrench to secure and tighten them in place. Once tight, apply caulking to seal the areas.
5. Once the faucet is secure and in the right position, you can attach the water pipe and drain. Once everything is in place and tight, you can run water through to check for leaks. A proper installation will mean there is nor leaks.
When installing a new faucet, it is important to make sure you have enough room to work and that you have enough light to see what you are doing. You can purchase a faucet kit with easy to follow directions at any home building store or hardware store. Cracked or broken pipes should always be replaced or fixed and when using copper extensions do not twist it if using chrome, do not bend it.
Whether you are replacing your faucets because you want to upgrade when renovating or the faucet is broken or old, when you are careful and understand the process of installing a faucet you neither should nor encounter any problems. If you are unsure if you can do the replacement or you do have problem, it is wise to call a plumber as he or she can provide professional assistance or do the job to ensure the project gets done properly.
Published: November 9, 2016