July 31, 2018

How To Fix A Leaky Kitchen Tap

Do you have nonstop water flowing and dripping in your kitchen? If you do, it could be a faucet or a pipe problem. Here are some top tips on how to fix a leaky kitchen tap.

Locate  
The first step is to figure out where the leak is coming from. This means that you are going to need to cut off the water to all of the valves. If you figure out that the valves are stuck, then you are going to need to shut off the main line for the water. It's likely that you'll need to replace the hardware for both sides of the valve since you won't know which side of the tap is leaking.

Disassemble  
The second step is to disassemble the faucet. You will need to turn the handles of the faucet to the “on” position so that you will be able to get rid of any of the extra water. Then you can close the drain and put a towel under the sink to catch any of the water that might drip. You will need to remove the aerator to see if there is any damage on it. If it is stuck, then you can use a towel that is soaked in vinegar to wrap around the aerator to loosen up the deposits.

Parts  
Next, make sure that you lay out all of the parts in order on a flat surface once you have disassembled the faucet. Then you will need to take a picture of the parts that you will be able to use as a reference. Once this is done, you can take all of the parts and put them inside of a plastic bag so that you will take them to the store with you. Even though you might only need one part, it is usually a good idea to buy the kit so that you can replace everything. You could also upgrade to Franke pull out kitchen taps.

Ceramic  
The next step is going to be based on the type of faucet that you have. For a ceramic disc faucet, it is going to be cylinder with the discs at the bottom. You will need to loosen the set screw and remove the handle. You will then be able to unscrew the retainer nut so that you can pull out the cylinder. Set the new cylinder in its place and reassemble the faucet. The knobs of the faucet will need to be on the “on” position so that you can turn the water back on.

Compression  
A compression or reverse compression faucet means that you will need to replace the washer and the gasket on the valve stem. You will remove the handles and knobs by taking off the temperature indicator cap and removing the screw. Loosen the screw with a wrench and remove the valve stem. This is where you will remove the screw, washer, and the ring. When replacing the screw, you will need to add some plumber's grease. Remove the valve seat with a hex wrench so that you can insert the new one. Then you can reassemble the faucet back the way it was.

Cartridge  
For a cartridge faucet, remove the handle by unscrewing the set screw. This will allow you to remove the retaining clip. Pull out the cartridge gently and put in the new one. After doing so, reassemble the faucet. The knobs will need to be placed on the “on” position and then you will be able turn the water supply on slowly so that the initial pressure of the water is not going to damage any of the new hardware that you have just installed on the faucet.

Have you ever had to deal with a leaky kitchen tap? 


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