A leaking faucet could mean hundreds of dollars down the drain if you don’t fix it immediately. It can be tough to know what’s wrong with the faucet before it’s removed and examined.
First, you’ll need to figure out the kind of faucet you have. A compression faucet is identifiable by the fact that it has a separate handle for hot and cold. The other types of faucets are called single lever.
After figuring out the type of faucet you have, you’ll need to get your materials and tools together. Turn off the water valve, so you don’t end up with water spraying everywhere. Stopper the sink and place a rag there to catch small parts that may fall out of the faucet.
Have a space nearby where you can lay out the pieces as you remove them to remember their order when you reassemble.
If you’re not comfortable with any of this as you’re performing the replacements, you might need to call an Austin plumber to help.
Potential Replacement Parts
Lift the handle and unscrew it to remove it completely. With pliers remove the cap and collar of the faucet. The next part of the faucet is the cam, ball and washer. It’ll look like a ball and socket type joint.
In the replacement kit, you should have all the parts you need for the removal of the inlet seals and springs. While you have the faucet open, replace the O-rings and coat the new ones with grease before installing.
The parts you removed will have replacements in the kit. It should be a reversal of the process you just completed. Reattach the handle and you’re finished.
There’ll be a retaining clip that might have to be removed. It’s a circular piece that’s usually plastic. That will need to be pulled out with pliers. They’re often used to hold the cartridge in place. When the water is flowing through the faucet, the cartridge is standing straight, so you need to pull it straight. Remove the faucet’s spout and replace the O-rings. Coat the new ones with plumber’s grease before installing them. Reassemble the handle. If you have a problem with any of these steps, it might be best to call in an Austin plumber.
You might need a plumber for a replacement if you’re not familiar with replacing a faucet yourself.
Whether you do the job yourself or call in a professional Austin plumbing company, it’s vital that you get the faucet repaired before you lose gallons of water and buckets of money down the drain.
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