And almost always, that mental picture is accented by water spraying from a place you didn’t even know existed.
Well, if you’re currently experiencing a leaky faucet, I have some good news for you.
The above scenario is an absolute myth. Fix a leaky faucet is not as difficult as is often assumed.
Fix a Leaky Faucet at Home DIY
With just a little bit of guidance most anyone can fix and repair a leaky faucet without having to shell out hundreds of dollars for 15-minutes worth of work from a “professional” plumber.
And in this article, I’m going to show you can do it in just five simple steps.
Step 1: Locate the Leak
The first step is to locate the exact location of the leak. Is there a constant drip coming out of the faucet head? Or, is there water leaking out of the faucet knob(s)?
Does the water leak out of the knobs when they’re turned off, or only when they’re turned on?
Knowing the exact location of the leak and the circumstances behind it will not only tell you where to focus your attention for the repair, but can save you a lot potential heartache and frustration during the repair process.
Step 2: Turn Off the Water Supply
You’d be surprised at how many DIY repairmen forget this step.
Failure to turn the water off before disassembling the components of the faucet will almost always result in a huge, wet mess.
In most circumstances, the valve to turn the faucet’s water supply off is located underneath the sink.
If you’re not sure where the supply valve is at, then it’s always a safe bet to turn off the main supply of water to the house while you repair the leak.
Step 3: Disassemble the Necessary Faucet Components
No matter where the leak is located, there will be some form of disassembly required to repair it. There’s no way around it.
But before you start randomly taking components apart, you first need to find the manufacturer of your particular faucet. This is important because not all faucet’s are created the in the same way.
Each faucet will contain their own specific set of components, and its crucial that you know what those components are and where they’re located.
In almost all instances, the manufacturers’ name can be found somewhere on the faucet. In some instances it is in an easy-to-find location, in other instances, not so easy.
Here are the most common places to find the manufacturer’s information:
- At the base of the faucet (where it connects to the sink)
- On the handle or knobs of the faucet (the levers used to control the temperature and flow strength of the water)
- Underneath the base of the faucet (this entails looking under the sink)
If the name of the manufacturer can not be located on the faucet:
- Investigate the rest of the faucets inside of your home (wet bar, bathroom, etc.). Most home builders will use the same manufacturer for all of their faucets
Step 4: Locate and Replace (or Repair) the Faulty Components
Once you’ve uncovered the mystery of the faucet manufacturer, your next step is to locate the faulty component and either repair or replace it.
While that might seem like a daunting task, there’s a trick involving the internet and the manufacturer’s website that will make this process much easier.
In most cases, your faucet manufacturer’s information will include the faucet’s model number.
That model number should allow you to visit the manufacturer’s website and locate the faucet’s installation manual (also called, user guide).
This manual will list all of the components that are a part of your faucet and how they are installed on the faucet – from its O-rings to its nozzle.
Using the installation manual, you will be able to not only locate the problem component with more ease, but also know its name and its purpose, which will be very helpful in ordering a replacement part (s), if needed.
From here, use all the sources at your disposal to discover how to properly repair the leak.
Besides the installation manual, YouTube has proven to be effective time and time-again as a tutorial resource for sink repair.
Step 5: Turn On the Water Supply and Troubleshoot
Now comes the defining moment – did the repair job work?
You final step is to turn the water back on to the faucet and see if it still leaks. If it does, turn the water back off and troubleshoot the problem. Is it leaking more or less? Is it leaking in the same spot?
Was the replacement part installed correctly? If after three or four solid attempts at repairing it with no success, then it might be time to call in the professionals (or replace the faucet with a new one).
However, if you turned the water on and there are no leaks, then give yourself a pat on the back.
You did it! You fixed your faucet without emptying your bank account. See, I told you it was easy.
A little patience and perseverance is all it takes to potentially save you hundreds of dollars in unwanted plumbing bills.