You don’t have to hire a contractor or repairman for every project in your home. There are smaller DIY projects you can handle on your own with a little helpful instruction from Manikarsa Home Repair. For example, this post will instruct you on how to repair a leaky single-handed faucet. This is an easy repair you can fix in no time! Let’s get started:
First you need to determine the source of the leak. A leaky spout on your faucet indicates that there is damage to one of the parts on the inside of the faucet. A leak at the base of the faucet means there is damaged seals around the outside of the faucet. Both are relatively easy repairs.
Turn off the shutoff valve under the sink. You might want to turn off the main water valve in your home too to be safe. The main valve should be located in your home’s basement near PVC piping.
Now run the faucet to release all residual water in the plumbing. You can close the drain by placing a towel or two on top of it in the sink.
Now remove the aerator from the spout of the faucet. This piece might be stuck to the faucet. You can soak a towel in white vinegar and wrap it around the spout to loosen the aerator. This should help you remove it easier. The aerator should be ready to be removed after an hour.
You can now disassemble the faucet. Remove each piece one at a time and lay them in order on your countertop. You don’t want to mix up the order of the pieces for fear of assembling it incorrect after you repair the leak. Now take a picture of the pieces in their order. This will allow you to bring the pieces with you to the hardware store to purchase new pieces for the faucet.
You should be safe and just purchase a kit to repair and replace all of the components of the faucet. This is easier since it is already disassembled and ensures that you repair the broken piece during the project.
Repair Ball Faucets
On ball faucets, loosen the set screw and remove the handle from the base. Then take off the cap and remove the cam, washer and ball to repair the leaky spout. You will need to slide off the spout of the faucet to repair leaks at the base.
Sometimes you just need to replace and reseal the o-rings for a tighter and secure fit and that will repair the leaky base. Replace all of the parts of the ball faucet and replace them in the correct order.
Repair Cartridge Faucets
For cartridge faucets, take off the cap and remove the screw and clip from the interior of the base. Then remove the handle and the trim ring from the faucet. Unscrew the retainer and pull out the cartridge. Now insert a brand new cartridge and reassemble the faucet.
These steps should repair the leaky faucet. You can now turn on the main water valve and shutoff/supply valve for the sink.