Is the water pooling under your sink? It’s time to fix the leaky faucet because it can turn into a full blown problem if not dealt with! To help you do it yourself, we are giving you a quick guide.
Things you’ll need:
- C Wrench
- Flat Head Screwdriver
- Penetrating Oil
- Replacement O-rings, and Washers
Turn off the water supply before using wrench or screwdriver for Repairing and Replacing a broken faucet. It will prevent you from creating a mess.
You better remove the decorative aspects of handle knobs. Pry them with the flat-head screwdriver, underneath each knob there will be a screw mounting the handle to stem. unscrew it, and gently remove the handle. Now use oil to loosen the whole thing as the lubrication will allow you to take faucet handle off the stem.
Remove the Damn Thing
Now use your wrench to open the packing nut. After removing it, you should see the stem. Remove it, and check the faucet. Sometimes the stems pop right off, otherwise you will have to twist them off valve. Check the removed parts for any damage.
If the whole thing went well to this point, then you better check the O-Ring and have inside of valve seat washed. These can be the reason of leakage, now remove the washer and put a replacement.
Make sure the replacement washer and O-rings fit perfectly. If not, then see if the sides allow to fit a cone shape, or flat washer. Purchase the right one. You can use the old washer to confirm size and shape.
You are almost done Repairing and Replacing the faucet. Just reassemble all parts, and gently turn the knob to test the whole thing. Keep the water running for a while and keep your eyes open for a leak.