One of the largest difficulties with telling someone how to repair a faucet is that it can vary widely depending on the specific model and year. If you don’t have that information, then all of the information and advice given must be very general. If you follow some basic guidelines, however, you can group different shapes and styles of faucets into general groups which will require the same basic steps to open up and repair. Whenever you’ve gotten into that particular faucet, then all you really have to do is find the proper replacement parts and put it all back together in the correct fashion. While we’re talking about this, it is very important to take a close look at what everything looks like before and while you are dismantling it.
Find the Issue
If the water is dripping out of the spout, like if you can’t turn it all the way off, then you have a bad valve seal or bad valve under the handle. Check to see if the water is warm or cold to determine which side has the leaky valve. If you have a single-handle faucet, the warm and cold inlets both have their own set of valve parts. That being said, if one is bad, you will want to replace both. If your faucet leaks at the base, then you most likely have a bad o-ring under the base of the spout. This is a common problem with spouts that swivel.
Shut Off The Water
The first, and probably most important step in fixing your leaking faucet is to turn the water off. Open up the cabinet under the sink and shut off the water at the football-shaped knobs that are located between the pipes coming into the cabinet and the pipes actually going up to your faucet. Turn each knob clockwise until they stop turning. Always shut off both hot and cold water supplies even if you just need to fix one. If you don’t have shutoff valves underneath your sink, then you will need to turn the water off to your entire house at the main shutoff valve
Take Your Faucet Apart
Start by opening the faucet handles to make sure that the valves are properly shut off and all water has exited the faucet. Once you have done that, search for the set screw that is typically located under a decorative plastic cap that can be pried off with a screwdriver. The next steps will vary according to your particular faucet. If at all possible, find your manufacturer’s instructions.
Find New Parts and Finish Up
After you have dismantled your faucet, it is time to find the parts that are causing your problem and replace them with new parts. The best way to do this is to pack everything that you need into a plastic bag and head over to the local hardware store. An associate should be able to help you find what you need. If not, then you may have to search online. After you have found the pieces that you need, simply install them back into the proper locations and test your faucet. If everything works, then great. If not, then you may just need to call a Toronto plumber to help.
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