As homeowners, we all know how annoying can be having a constant “drip…drip…drip” coming from our kitchen faucet; it could be not only an exasperating noise, but a terrible way to misuse one of the most essential resources out mother nature has provided us with: water. As a matter of fact, kitchen faucet leak is a very common home improvement problem many people have to deal with, worn out washers, seats, o- rings or seal are some of the causes that make your leaky faucet ranges from a simple inconvenient to a really urgent situation which needs to be addressed immediately.
There are four types of kitchen faucets: compression, cartridge, ball and ceramic disk, based on each type as well as their dripping issues, you can fix them yourself because they are generally pretty simple fixings. What you will need to do before starting any leaky faucet repairing project in your kitchen, is to identifying the type of faucet your own as well as getting the proper tools that will help you to do the job right. The following is an interesting compilation I would like to share with you, which shows what are the most common kitchen faucet leak problems and some guidelines you need to follow in order to execute a good home improvement project.
Guidelines to Fix your Ball Rotary Kitchen Faucet
Materials & Tools Required
Even though you might not need to replace the entire faucet, kitchen ball faucets have several parts that must be replaced. On the other hand, you will need to be sure you have some special tools that you need, they should be designed especially for the make and model of your faucet. Prices of this type of kits normally cost between $8 and $35, it will depend on your faucet model. Regarding materials needed for such improvement project, you can find them in the plumbing section of most home repairs shops and they are:
- Allen wrenches
- Slip- joint pliers
- Needle- nose pliers
- Flat- head screwdrivers
Turn off the water to your faucet: to make sure you do this properly, look underneath your sink for the pipes which run up. Along those pipes somewhere, you will find the handles you have to turn to shut off in order to stop water flow; twist clockwise to shut off. When water is already off, open the faucet so it water excess can drain; then plug the sink drains, this is important to prevent small parts from falling in during the fixing process.
Detach and remove the handle: start by unscrewing and removing the handle; lift it off and using an allen wrench, remove the screw that you see on the handle’s underside. Set the screw aside, in a safe place.
Use slip- joint pliers to remove the cap and collar: in order to loosen and lift the dome assembly to reveal the bonnet, ball and cam. Now remove the inlet seals and springs, reach into the mechanism itself to accomplish this step, you will need needle- pliers. At this point, it will be a smart idea if you inspect the balls in order to detect signs of wear, cracking or sediment buildup; if you notice any of these problems, then replace the ball.
O- rings replacement: the next step is to use a flat- head screwdriver that helps you to cut off each old o- ring and spring set located below the ball. Make sure you take note of each spring’s orientation, then replace the set with the new one from the repair kit. Orient the spring in the same manner as the set. You can also coat the new o- rings in plumber’s grease before installing.
Resemble the handle: by reversing the above steps, you can resemble the faucet because the leak should be repaired.
Repairing Ideas that You Might Be Interested In
As it has been mentioned in this post, depending on the type of kitchen faucet you have, you will need to check the following three faucet elements to determine why your faucet is leaking:
In case you have a faucet with two separate handles tat loosen and tighten to turn on the hot and cold water, you own a compression valve faucet. Then a solution for this type of leak issue is to replace the washers in each handle first.
The O- Ring
Cartridge and compression faucet models have generally o- rings installed within the handles in order to create a waterproof seal. Once o- rings become damaged, they can break and that’s when the leak problem shows up. So by buying the right o- ring size or the new part, replace the old o- rings.
This type of faucet can have one or two handles. When it comes to turning the handle or handles, this process is a bit smoother and easier than compression faucet; whenever your cartridge faucet is leaking, it would necessary to replace the entire cartridge valve within them; the good news is that they are easy to install.
What may seem like a minimal leaky kitchen faucet, can turn into serious damages that will make you spend both, money and time. You can be surprised by the consequences that an unchecked leaky sink can make to your kitchen; it can put added stresses on your plumbing as well as cause drain clogs and overflows. Moreover, in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), leaky faucets that drip one time per second can actually reach a waste of water that upwards of 3, 000 gallons each year, and let me tell you that this is enough water to take 180 showers. This number should make you reflect about two aspects; the first one is that your will be spending a lot of money in water bills if you do not strive to solve your kitchen leaky faucet issue, and the second one and most important, by addressing this type of home problem you will be contributing to preserve our main and also threaten natural resource: water.