A leaky faucet can be a costly problem. The video below will show you how to fix a leaky faucet quickly, and it is also an inexpensive DIY project that any homeowner can do themselves without hiring an expensive plumber.
This blog post offers step-by-step instructions on how to install the valve seat washer and stem packing in under 5 minutes! It also includes helpful links at the bottom of the article for more information on this topic.
Causes of Leaky Faucets
Your faucet could leak for many reasons. However, depending on the problem, you might be able repair it yourself.
Let’s take a look at the most common causes for a leaky faucet, and how to fix them.
- Bad O-Ring
Leakage in your cartridge faucet A cartridge is a valve which controls the flow of water to the faucet spout. A worn-out or loose O-ring is one problem with cartridge faucets. This small disc is attached to the stem screw and holds the faucet handle in place. This is likely to be the cause of a leaking sink handle.
- Broken Parts
A broken fitting or pipe could be the reason for the leak if it is coming from underneath the sink. It is now time to call a professional plumber.
- Worn-Out Seals
The accumulation of water sediments can cause inlet and outlet seals to corrode, much like valve seats.
- Loose Parts
Your sink handle can leak if the stream screw’s adjusting ring or packing nuts become loose. The best way to fix a leaky faucet is to tighten the packing nut, or replace it.
- Water Pressure
Your home could have low water pressure if the faucet drips only at certain times of day or when the handles are moved in a particular way.
- Corroded Valve Seat
The valve seat connects the faucet to the spout and could be the source of the leak if it appears that the leak is coming from there. Leakage can be caused by a buildup of water sediments. This can be avoided by cleaning the valve seat regularly, usually with the assistance of a professional.
- Worn-Out Washers
Problems with the washer against the valve seat are another common cause of spoutleaking. The friction between the two components can lead to washer wear. Faucet leaks may also be caused by washers that are not correctly installed or of the wrong size. This is most common with compression faucets.
- Worn-Out Cartridge
Leakage in the cartridge faucet could also be caused by the cartridge itself. This cartridge may need to replaced. To swap the cartridge, you will need a replacement.
What type of faucet do you have?
- Compression faucets
The oldest of the four types is the compression faucet. Compression faucets come with separate handles that can be turned to control hot or cold water. These handles can be manually adjusted and undone by turning them so water flows out of the faucet. The faucet handle can be untightened to turn off the water. Tightening it again will stop the water from flowing. These handles can feel a lot like turning screws.
Two stem assemblies connect to the compression faucet handles (one for each handle). The stem assemblies consist of screws with washers at each end. These assemblies are placed over the faucet’s valve seats, which is where the water flows into it. You can close the faucet and drive the stem assembly to the valve seat. The stem’s washer will compress over the valve seat to stop water flow when it reaches the seat. The washer will rise again when you open the faucet.
- Disc faucets
Disc faucets have a more modern design than either ball or compression faucets. They are similar to ball faucets in that they do not rely on washers. Disc faucets are much more durable than ball or compression faucets. The disc faucet’s body is wider than most other types of faucets and the handles are usually cylindrical. Disk faucet handles can be moved up-and-down or side-to-side just like ball faucets, but they don’t have nearly as much freedom.
Two ceramic discs are housed in the large cylindrical faucet body: one upper and one lower. The handle rotates the upper disc, and the lower disc remains in place. The two discs, which are highly polished, are perfectly flat and form a watertight seal when they are pressed together. The upper disk separates from its lower counterpart when water flows through the faucet. The faucet is closed again until water flows through the new gap.
- Cartridge faucets
Cartridge faucets, unlike other types of faucets on this list can have one or two handles. Contrary to compression faucets, cartridge faucets don’t require you to turn the faucet handles in order to control water flow. To start water flow, simply turn the cartridge faucet handle. The handle should move smoothly from “off” into “on”, unless there is an issue. Single-handle cartridge faucets can be adjusted to adjust water flow. They also have side-to-side temperature control, similar to disc faucets.
The cartridge faucets are made from hollow metal cartridges that fit inside the faucet’s body. The faucet is sealed by the hollow cartridge, which prevents water from flowing through both the hot and cold lines. Push the cartridge forward when you open the faucet. The cartridge is now in its forward position. Water flows freely through the faucet because it no longer covers water lines. You can adjust the temperature by rotating the cartridge so it blocks the cold and hot water intakes.
- Ball faucets
The first washerless faucet was designed for ball faucets. A ball faucet has only one handle, unlike compression faucets. cold or hot water can be used. These faucets are most common in kitchen sinks. Ball faucets are able to rotate semi-freely upward and downward and can form side-by-side. The position of the handle on the ball faucet will determine the temperature, pressure, flow rate, and water temperature.
The handle of a ball faucet controls a rotating ball known as the lever ball assembly. The faucet’s body houses the lever ball assembly. The assembly is located on a system springs and inlets that are directly above the faucet’s opening. The ball is equipped with slots and chambers. These slots are aligned with the hot and cold inlet seating inside the faucet’s body. You can align the slots on the ball with the faucet’s inlet seats by moving the ball. This will control how water flows through your faucet.
Preparation and Shut-Down Procedures
Shut Off Water: Turn off the water supply at the faucet.
Placing Bucket: Place bucket near the water supply lines. After you have disconnected the water supply lines, this will collect any drips.
Turn off water supply: Cut the hot and cold water lines below the sink. To drain the water supply valve, disconnect it from under the cabinet. Let the water run into a bucket.
Close Drain: Seal the drain with a stopper. Seal the sink drain using a few strips duct tape to make sure that nothing falls down.
Protect fixtures: To prevent scratches on fixtures, apply duct tape to the plier jaws. You can also cut the fingers off an old pair or gloves and place them on the plier jaws. Soft-jaw pliers can be purchased at your local hardware shop for maximum protection.
Preparation Area: To aid in the removal of parts, place a towel, bin and an optional egg carton near the sink. Because they aren’t affected by water, styrofoam egg boxes work best.
Cleansing items: To remove any mineral deposits from parts, place distilled vinegar and cleaning tools near the bin.
How To Fix A Leaky Faucet
- How to fix leaky compression faucets
The compression faucet is the simplest and most common type of faucet. It has separate hot and cold controls that you must turn clockwise to turn off the water.
Tools and Materials: Channellock-type and flat-head Phillips and flat-head screwdrivers, replacement washers, plumber’s grease and O-rings (optional).
Use pliers or a flat-head screwdriver to remove the faucet handles
With your Phillips head screwdriver, remove the screw holding the handles to the stem.
To remove the handle, pull it up.
Take off the valve stem assembly cover and then take out the entire assembly.
Use your wrench or soft pliers to remove the hexnut section from the valve stem assembly. Turn the nut counterclockwise.
Remove the hex nuts from the rest of the way.
The stem washer is located at the bottom end of the valve assembly. It could be worn or damaged and may need to be replaced
Take out the brass screw that holds the stem washer in its place.
To remove any mineral deposits, clean the washer holder with vinegar and a toothbrush.
Take out the old washer and make it your model when you visit the store to get a new one. You can also replace the O-ring if it appears to be worn.
Reassemble the washer by pushing it into the valve seat. Attach the brass screw and new or existing O’ring.
Use plumber’s grease to coat.
Rest of the faucet assembly can be reassembled.
- How to fix ceramic disk faucets
Double-control ceramic disk faucets are equipped with separate hot and cold controls. A cartridge with a pair highly polished ceramic disks is the device that controls water flow. Sometimes, one side of the assembly could be leaking. To test this, turn off the water supply to the sink and switch on the other side.
Tools and Materials: Pliers, flat-head screwdrivers; replacement cartridges; plumber’s grease; O-ring (optional).
Remove the metal or plastic cover that covers the handles.
The cartridge is usually secured to the faucet body with a Phillips head screw. Sometimes, an Allen screw is used. The fastener should be removed and the faucet body separated from the cartridge stem.
Channellock-type scissors can be used to remove the locking nut. You may find a brass screw at the top of some cartridges. It may be necessary to remove the brass screw from some models.
With pliers, remove the locking ring or retaining clip and then pull out the cartridge. To get a exact replacement, take the cartridge to a hardware shop.
Use vinegar to soak the remaining parts, and then use a brush to get rid of any deposits.
In reverse order, assemble the faucet. Install the brass screw if you have it from an earlier time.
Turn on the water supply. Check the system for any leaks.
- How to fix single cartridge faucets
Cartridge faucets are often found in kitchens. They typically have one lever that meets a broad, cylindrical base. To start the water flow, the lever is pulled up. The hot and cold functions can be controlled by moving side to side. You can replace the cartridge one-for-one with smaller parts by choosing an optional option.
Tools and Materials: Replacement cartridge (optional if the cartridge is not cleaned), Screwdrivers, cleaning supplies, allen wrenches, Channellock-stylepliers.
Use your Allen wrenches to unscrew the set screw and then take out the handle.
Take off the cap. These caps are delicate so be careful. Do not use pliers, but your hands.
Use pliers to gently pry open the cartridge and then remove it by hand. You can remove the seals from the cartridge’s bottom with a flat-head screwdriver.
Clean the seals and areas where they rest using your cleaning tools. You can soak in vinegar to clean the seals and scrub off any deposits using a Q-tip, old toothbrush or a toothbrush. You can also purchase a new cartridge if the deposits are not easy to remove.
Use your screwdriver to remove the O-ring of the faucet. Apply plumber’s grease by hand and then reinstall the faucet body.
Replace the cartridge with a new one.
Replace the cap gently.
Install the handle again, and tighten the set screw using the Allen wrenches.
- How to Fix Ball Faucets
Tools and Materials: Channellock-style, allen wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, replacement parts (optional): seat, metal ball, O-rings, or spring, cleaning supplies.
Due to the many moving parts of rotary and ball faucets, leakage is common. They can leak from the O-rings, plastic seats or ball. All of these items can be bought at a hardware or plumbing supply store. You should make sure you get a metal ball and not a plastic one as they can wear down quickly.
Use the Allen wrenches to remove the set screw from the faucet handle.
You can remove the chrome topcap with your softpliers or by using your hands.
Pull straight up to remove the cam assembly. You will see a single piece with a plastic cam and a cam washer.
Take the ball out and examine it for signs of wear.
Use your flat-head screwdriver for gently prying out the plastic seat on the faucet assembly.
Press the tip of your screwdriver into center of spring. Lift out.
You may find broken or worn O-rings on the faucet body. You can remove them by using a utility knife.
Apply plumber’s grease to lightly coat faucet body. Then slide on the O-rings.
With your fingers, press spring, seat and ball together. Check that the tab on your ball is aligned with the faucet assembly’s notch.
Turn on the water and replace the faucet.
It’s both cost-effective and environmentally friendly to fix a leaky faucet. How to repair a single cartridge faucet, ceramic disk faucet or ball faucet.
When to replace the faucet?
When is the best time to replace the faucet in your home? If you have a leaky pipe, clogged sink or dirty water heater, it’s never too soon to think about replacing it. You can do this yourself with ease and, honestly, there are fewer risks involved than with a call to a plumber. When you’re buying goods online or at a big box home improvement store, however, the rule of thumb is different.
When you inspect the faucet parts before you make a purchase, there are three things that you need to look at. First, examine the faucet head and stem. If these parts are worn or broken, they’ll be easy to replace. If they match the original model, you won’t have to pay to replace them.
Next, inspect the faucets joints. Most companies recommend replacement of these joints at the same time that you replace the faucets. Leaks under sinks and the edges of tubs and showers are easily spotted with this knowledge. The joints that connect the spout assembly to the sink or the shower fixture should be carefully inspected and replaced if needed.
Finally, examine the faucet body. Look for cracks, corrosion or signs of wear. If you notice any of these signs, replace the faucet. These symptoms signify common faucet problems, such as cracked stem washers, compression faucets or worn compression fittings. However, you might not see the signs if the faucet is only starting to drip.
Some companies recommend replacement of the o-rings and washers after replacement of the faucets. For valves, especially kitchen and bathroom valves, replace the faucets immediately to ensure leak-free operation. See the manual for the proper valve type, and follow the directions.
One of the simplest tasks when it comes to valves is the tightening of the retaining nut. To perform this task, remove the old valve stem washer. With a screwdriver, unscrew each retaining nut and replace them with a new one.
For bathrooms, especially kitchens, soaking tubs are prone to leaking. To fix this problem, look for a faucet stem washer that does not require a washer to be replaced. A universal valve stem washer will fit most sinks and will also fit most spouts. Then, put one end of the new washer into the holes in the sink. Secure the other end with a rubber or silicone band.
For larger sinks, leaks can occur with water pressure. To fix this problem, loosen the bolts on the wall in the sink and place an anti-siphon valve there to prevent leaks. The valve should be centered between the floor and the valve, and above the drain. If necessary, install a bracket and tighten the bolts. To hide any leak, cover the hole with masking tape.
Hose vents can also cause leaks under sinks and faucets. To repair these, unscrew the hose bib from its attachment to the valve or spout. Loosen the screw attached to the hose bib by prying it out with a wrench. If necessary, replace the hose bib.
If you find difficulty in reaching the faucet, you may have a problem with its hose-to-spout assembly. In such cases, first disconnect the water supply by turning off the main water supply valve; then disconnect the hose from the spout by unbolting it from its attachment to the valve stem. Check whether there is a compression faucet or a cartridge faucet in your bathroom. An incompatibility is a rare but possible scenario. In most cases, however, compression faucets do not need to be repaired.
The next step is to unscrew the packing string. To do this, loosen the packing string with a pair of tape-wrapped pliers. Pull the string through the washer hole until it reaches the bolt head. Pull the string taut as it leaves the washer hole, then pull the washer out of the hole and discard.
After ensuring that everything is secure, fix the spout in place with bolts and washers. Replacement of the spout and the cartridge faucet are relatively easy tasks when performed by a professional. However, an inexperienced user may find it difficult to replace the o-rings. To make replacing o-rings easier, turn off the water supply to the area where the leak is located. Then use a screwdriver equipped with a washer to open the o-ring packing and insert the new one into the spout hole.
Is it easy to fix a leaky faucet?
Do you need to know how to fix a leaky faucet in your kitchen? Then you are in for some serious troubles. Kitchen faucet leaks happen every once in a while, and if you have never had one before it can be scary. Not only is it uncomfortable but it can also cause serious damage to the things that you use most in your kitchen like your water filter, your dishes, and your utensils.
The first thing you should do when you notice a leaky faucet in your kitchen is go grab yourself a gallon of water and a sponge. Now we all know what a sponge is but just in case you don’t know then you will be happy to know that they are pretty small and a very handy tool to have around the house. Take the spongy and apply it to the valve seat inside your kitchen faucet. Now you need to work quickly while the water is still hot because it will take a bit of time for the repair to complete. Be careful not to burn yourself with all the hot water, so grab yourself a towel and lay back on the sink while you apply the pressure to the valve seat with the spongy.
When you have completed the first step of applying the pressure you can now remove the valve from the faucet. Take the screw off the handle next by turning it counter clockwise. Once you have taken the handle off you can then take it apart. Take all the nuts and washers that the valve has attached to. You will then be left with the old washer and the new washer that you need to install the new valve onto.
The next step is to put the new valve on the washer and the old washer on the nut and tighten everything down. Then attach the new spout and replace the handle. Reattach the hose to the spout and put it on the faucet. Repeat the process until the faucet works as good as new again.
If this did not fix the leaky faucet problem then you might need to go outside to see if there is anything that can be done to the actual pipe that is leaking. The first thing you can do is to find out where the source of the leak is coming from. By doing this you can determine the location where the actual problem is located. From here you can decide if you want to fix the pipe or make some other changes to the faucet. This might be an option that you want to consider when looking at the type of faucet to fix your leaky faucet.
Leaky faucets in the kitchen are not anything that people want to deal with, but that does not mean that it has to be the case. There are some things that you can do to help prevent these types of leaks from occurring. A great place to start is to change the washers and dryers regularly. You should also remember to never use metal washers when you are washing your dishes as this will cause even more problems and wear and tear on the faucet. If you take these few simple steps then you will have no trouble keeping your faucets working for a very long time.
Is a dripping faucet dangerous?
What could be the danger of a dripping faucet? In many cases the only danger is that the seat washer won’t seal correctly or the sealant has become cracked. If this occurs to your kitchen faucet, you have several options.
The first option is to replace the stem nut and washer. There are a few different types of stem nuts available including a threaded screw thread, a flat washer, a rounded washer, or a hex nut. If you have an older model faucet, there may be only one not available. This is a very inexpensive and easy solution. However, if it is an up to date model you are working on, the best bet would be to replace both the stem nut and the washer. If you are replacing a threaded screw, I would suggest using a penetrating oil and a screwdriver to remove the old stem nut.
Next, we will discuss how to safely reassemble the faucet. If your faucet is off the wall, you can safely use a flathead screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the handle in place. If the faucet is on the floor, a decorative cap may be needed to keep the handle in place. I would suggest not using a decorative cap if you have young children or pets, as accidents can happen when small fingers are inserted into a tight space.
One of the best choices for replacing a leaking faucet is a ceramic-disk faucet. Ceramic disk faucets are made of two ceramic balls that are tightly attracted to each other. When the ceramic-disk is charged, it creates a strong pull on the balls, which forces the water through the tube at an extremely high velocity. The flow of the water is controlled by a locking screw that is kept engaged when the handlebar is turned. The locking mechanism prevents water from leaking anywhere near the locking bolt.
Once the faucet has been secured, you must determine what method of replacement is necessary. There are two methods commonly used; the bolt-on method or the seat washer method. With the bolt-on method, you will need a set of special pliers that are made just for removing seat washers, and a pair of long-nose pliers that can take care of the bolt. Next, you will need a washer. There are two types of washers available, sleeve-washer, and sleeve-washer plus sealer.
With the seat washer method, the process is more straightforward because there are no washers to remove. Simply place the seat washer in its reverse position, pull it off, and place the washer, sleeve, and ball into the appropriate slots on the faucet. Then place the cap back on. Both methods of replacing an old cartridge, replacing a new cartridge with an original ceramic-disk faucet, or installing a new ceramic-disk faucet require the use of special tools.
How to detect a leak in a kitchen faucet?
“How to detect a leak in a kitchen faucet?” is a question many have asked at some point. The reality is that you probably already know how to spot a faucet leak, but not all of us have the knack for doing so. There are a number of leaky faucets that have seemingly “out of sight” spots when we first look. But they are still there and leaking water.
Fortunately, most kitchen faucets are made to be easily repaired, if spotted in time. When a kitchen faucet starts leaking, we usually focus our attention on fixing the problem right away. But ignoring a dripping faucet is not the answer. Leaving a dripping faucet unattended for days or even weeks can damage the inside of your faucet, the inner workings, and/or the pipes. In the worst case scenario, a leaking kitchen faucet can ruin the lining of your sink. Here are a few things you should do to detect a leaky kitchen faucet before it gets out of hand.
First of all, don’t try to fix a leaking faucet by yourself. Calling a plumber to come out and see what the problem is will cost you much more than waiting until you replace the filter with a new one. Not only will the plumber be expensive but you may find that replacing the filter is more costly than simply cleaning supplies. Some plumbing companies offer towing services for a low price; however, you should only use this service if it’s an emergency. Also, using too much drain cleaning supplies, such as grease removers and dish soap, can cause more serious problems that can prove to be very expensive.
If you have a kitchen or bathroom faucet, chances are that it’s got a ball-and-disc assembly. This assembly is located between the main valve and the waste outlet and controls the flow of liquid through the valve. Leaks occur when the valve itself is worn, weakened, or because of bad fitting materials. While many people try to replace the ball-and-disc assembly on their own, it’s usually better to just repair it rather than replace it.
The next step is to remove the gasket that surrounds the ball-and-disc assembly. You can loosen the retaining nut with a screwdriver while you’re holding the faucet head in one hand. To remove the gasket, slide it off, then pull it back into place, tightening it with the same screwdriver.
Next, you’ll want to disconnect the water supply to your faucets by unscrewing the water handle from the faucet valve. Once that is done, turn the faucet valve clockwise until you hear a click, followed by a hissing or popping noise. You can notice water dripping from the ball-style valve (if it’s a ball-style valve) or from the retaining nut that holds the ball in place. Take note of where you see the dripping. With a tape measure, you should be able to get a fairly precise measurement.
After you have the exact measurement, take a look at the seat of the faucet and make sure the seat pan is level. If it’s not, adjust the seat until it is. If the faucets have an oil-filled seat, this is a good indicator that there might be a problem, so take a look at the seat pan to see if it’s dirty. The easiest way to clean the seat is to use a plastic brush or a paper towel to clean off the oil buildup. If there is a problem with the seat, this is a good time to call a plumber.
With the seat removed, you can see the line going from the faucet to the diverter valve and from the diverter valve to the sprayer body. The line is typically labeled from low pressure line going to the lower flange on the left side of the diverter valve to the high pressure line going to the right side of the diverter valve. Now, with the seat removed, you can remove the hose attached to the sprayer. This hose should be connected to the sprayer with an adapter, so be sure to follow the instructions on the appliance when you disassemble it.
How to extend the life of your kitchen faucet?
Kitchen faucet is a very important part of any kitchen. It is the one responsible in providing the necessary flow of water in washing and cleaning up. Therefore, it should be maintained properly in order to prevent from being damaged or broken. How to extend the life of your kitchen faucet? Here are some tips that will help you in this.
Do you have scratches on the body of the kitchen faucet? This might be caused by too much usage. In order to avoid this, you can get a faucet cover. It is available in many outlets and stores near you.
The drip that came from the kitchen faucet is the solid part left over after cleaning the faucet. This might not always cause you problem especially if you have sharp utensils. However, if the drip is more frequent than normal, it is a sign that there is something wrong with your kitchen faucet. If you suspect that it has something wrong with it, then you can replace the entire faucet with a better quality one. Of course, you have to do a little bit of replacement yourself as well.
The temperature of the water coming out of your faucet plays a big role. Some of them are hard or soft and this affects the water’s temperature. You should be checking it often to see if it is properly working. If it is, you can adjust its setting. If it is not, then you can have it serviced or have a look at the valves.
Have you tried to unscrew the faucet handle but it will not come off? It might be too difficult for you. Instead, try to pull it off slowly. Then, if it can still come off by itself, then it might just be too hard for you. Try lubricating the handle instead of replacing it so that it can come out easily.
Have you tried cleaning the faucet and it seems that it is dirty all over again? Then it might be time to have it serviced. In fact, this should also be avoided as much as possible. If the faucet is so old that it is just about falling apart, then it might be time to get rid of it. This can be prevented if you make use of mild soap and warm water when you are cleaning the faucet. You also need to let it dry completely before using it again.
How to extend the life of your kitchen faucet? If you find that the faucet is leaking, then you might be able to fix it yourself. There are many plumbing tools that you can buy in your local home supply store. However, if you do not want to be bothered with doing the job by yourself, then you can always call a professional. They might charge you for their service but at least you would not have to do it yourself. How to extend the life of your kitchen faucet?
These are just some of the ways that you can extend the life of your kitchen faucet. There are definitely other ways that you can find on the Internet. Just remember that you need to keep the pipes clean because dirt will eventually ruin everything that you have worked so hard for. So start maintaining your kitchen faucets regularly so you can enjoy long years of uninterrupted functionality.
How to extend the life of your kitchen faucet? Keep the faucet covered whenever you are not using it. You do not have to put a plate on the faucet to cover it during use. Just remember that a dirty kitchen faucet can ruin the taste of your food.
How to extend the life of your kitchen faucet? Use a spray bottle when you are using the faucet. Spray the water from time to time so that the dirt and grime will wipe off. To clean the faucet, just pour hot water over the faucet and then scrub the dirt off. It is also recommended to do regular cleaning so that the faucet will last longer.
How to extend the life of your kitchen faucet? If the faucet is very dirty, there may be rust buildup. In this case, you have to remove the rust using a wire brush. After that, carefully dry the faucet using a towel. It is important that you only dry the faucet and never use water to clean it because you may damage your sink.
There are a few things you should know about fixing your leaky faucet. Most importantly, if the leak is constant and happening at night when nobody is home, this may be an indication of something more serious like a faulty valve or pipe. In most cases though, it’s just a matter of replacing washers that have worn out over time. Here are some quick steps on how to fix your leaking faucet before you call for professional help!