preview

Explain How To Repair Your Own Faucet

Decent Essays
Repairing your own faucet may seem intimidating, but once you learn the fundamentals, today’s faucets are not that hard to fix. In fact, usually the most difficult step is finding the correct replacement parts. The necessary tools will vary a bit depending on the type of faucet you’re repairing. An Allen wrench will probably be needed to remove the handle. With a small set of small Allen wrenches, you’ll be ready for any faucet. Most repairs also require large slip-joint pliers and screwdrivers.
For all faucet repairs, make sure to examine the faucet closely, before you begin, to determine the source of the leak. Leaks originating from near the base of the spout will require a different repair than a leak from the end.
Next, turn off the water supply to the faucet. The shutoff valves are probably located under the sink. If the valves don’t work or if you don’t have
…show more content…
You could record each step with a digital camera or video camera so you don’t forget. Set the parts aside in the order you removed them, to make putting it back together easier on yourself. When you’ve got all the parts out, check the interior of the valve for loose bits and mineral deposits. Use a cloth or a pad to clean the surface. Soaking mineral deposits in vinegar will loosen them right up.
Slow water flow? That can be caused by plugged holes in the faucet body. A small screwdriver or penknife can be used to clean them out. Before you replace worn parts and put the faucet back together, hold a rag over the faucet and open the water shutoff valve slightly to flush out debris that may have accumulated during the cleaning.
Once the faucet is reassembled, open the faucet and slowly open the shutoff valves to turn on the water. Keep the faucet open until water is flowing freely and the air is out of the pipes. If the water flow is slow through the faucet, the aerator may be plugged. Unscrew the aerator and clean it
Get Access