How do you feel, when you get back from work, school or mall and meets water drips from the kitchen faucets?
For me, nothing could be annoying as that. It could be more annoying when you call a plumber to fix it and he didn’t show up.
Oh yes? You want to go ahead to replace the faucet? No, not yet. You can repair faucet leak yourself.
Do you have a screw driver, plier and Allen wrench? Good!! Let’s get down to business.
Stop water flow and detach the handle:
Your first task is to turn off water, very simple! Look underneath the sink, you will see the valve. Turn it off. In case you can’t find the valve, turn off supply from the main valve that can stop flow. Let water drain down and then plug the drain (i.e. cover the drain). Done? Great!
Using the Allen wrench, carefully remove the handle. Cartridge with single handle is easier to disassemble. You pay close attention to observe the part of the faucet leak. Whether it is the base or end of the spout. Loosen the handle and remove it.
Detach the chrome Bonnet and Remove springs:
Which is the chrome bonnet? The next hardware you see, is the chrome bonnet. Use the plier to remove it. Do it gently or you will damage the chrome cover. Carefully remove all the pieces and keep them according the way you removed them for easy assembling. Tilt the spring to clean debris.
Pull out the O-Rings:
The O-Rings is attached to the spout. Use spanner, clip at any convenient edge and pull out the O-Rings and diverter. Clean any attached debris or dirt pile up.
Replace the Old/worn out components:
Replace the old components with new ones and reassemble. It could be the cartridge, diverter or O-strings, depending on the type of leak. However, in the case of dripping on the spout you won’t need to replace the O-Rings.
Reassemble the components:
Congratulations you have finished your faucet leak repair. Press the spout firmly into place. Fix the spring into place, put back the chrome Bonnet and the handle. DONE!
Turn on the valve to check leak.
NEW FAUCET REPLACEMENT
Do not be afraid, anybody can do this. You don’t have to be a plumber.
Repeat step One, Two and Three,
Here, you lose till you detach the entire faucets. NOTE the size of the old faucet and buy a new one of exact measurement.
Tidy the surrounding the faucet, place the new faucet on the sink, fix it as it passes through the holes on the sink. Go underneath the sink and tightened the nut and flange.
Now locate the cold and warm water supply hoses. Connect the supply lines. (Hot water always to the left and cold water to the right).
Turn on the water flow to check leak. No leak right? DONE!!