It's just a leaky faucet, a single maddening drip that radiates its sound throughout the house and drives up your water bill ever so slightly. But that leaky faucet is driving you mad, so if you are like most homeowners, you will grab a wrench or two, Google a few ideas, and get to work. The fact is, fixing a leaky faucet is probably one of those mundane plumbing tasks that any homeowner feels equipped enough to handle, but the outcome of those efforts can be disastrous even still. Lock yourself in a quiet room away from the drip so you can focus on these big mistakes you must avoid when fixing a leaky faucet.
Mistake: Using too much brute force to take off a faucet head.
Why? The last thing you want to do when you are simply trying to stop a drip is to cause expensive damage to the faucet head in the process. You have to wrap a wrench or pliers around the faucet head just so and apply only a certain level of pressure to get the thing to come off right. Otherwise, you can bend the faucet head and make it nearly impossible to get off because you have damaged the threads.
Mistake: Not covering up the drain in the sink before you get started working.
Why? here you are pulling off small part after small part in hopes of making a repair, with a large gaping hole right beneath you. There is no worse feeling when attempting to fix something than to see a small important part fall into the hole of oblivion that is the drainage line beneath your kitchen drain. Cover up this drain with a plate, dish towel, piece of plastic, or whatever else you have on hand before you even think about disassembling anything.
Mistake: Assuming all kitchen faucets must function the same.
Why? You use the power of the internet to come up with a solution on how to fix that leaky faucet and assume you are facing a simple task. However, are you positive that the information you have discovered applies to the particular faucet you have in your home? There is more than one type of sink faucet and these sink faucets have different operational components inside. For example, your sink faucet may have an o-ring that stays seated to prevent leaks or it may not have an o-ring at all. Find the manufacturer of the faucet and use this tidbit of info to look up repair information relative to your particular faucet.
If you don't feel up to handling your own faucet repairs, contact a plumber.Share
23 February 2017
Hi everyone, my name is Linda Strickerts. I am going to talk about plumbing pipes problems, repairs and upgrades on this site. Although the pipes hide beneath the floors and behind the walls, they are an integral part of the home. Without plumbing pipes, we would still be heading out to the outhouse to do our business. Washing clothes, dishes and ourselves would also not be possible without carrying buckets of water in and out of the home. I hope to explore the different ways plumbing pipes changed our lives for the better. I will talk about keeping the pipes in great shape as well. Thanks.