Kitchen Faucet Leaking- what should I do?
The sound of water drops hitting the sink can drive you nuts especially when trying to sleep. Additionally, if the leak is bad enough, it can increase the water bill significantly.
However, the good news is you can fix it using simple tools. Of course, no one hates the idea of saving some extra bucks on things they can do by themselves. Instead of calling a plumber, here are some tips that are going to repair some common issues that cause your kitchen faucet to leak.
My kitchen faucet is leaking- what should I do?
First of all find the type of leaking. There are some different types of leaking that may occur in your faucet.
Kitchen faucet leaking Types
A kitchen faucet gets a lot of use daily. Although they are constructed to offer you with a service, you can depend on for many years to come, over time the parts will wear out. Here are the common faucet leaking types and ways to repair them.
1. Kitchen faucet leaking at base
When you find that the leak is coming the base of the faucet, it could be as a result of worn out O- rings that are found under the spout of the faucet. Here is the solution.
- Turn off the water supply
- Ensure all the drains are closed to avoid losing the faucet parts when they fallRemove the plastic cover on the spout using a flat screwdriver. In case you have installed a lever type faucet, remove the handle first then the spout.
- Remove the plastic cover on the spout using a flat screwdriver. In case you have installed a lever type faucet, remove the handle first then the spout. Using a wrench turn all the other nuts remaining from the top of the spout counterclockwise
- Using a wrench turn all the other nuts remaining from the top of the spout counterclockwise Hold the spout tightly and pull the spout up and out of the faucet body
- Hold the spout tightly and pull the spout up and out of the faucet bodyUse needle nose pliers to remove the O-rings
- Use needle nose pliers to remove the O-ringsInsert the replacement O-rings
- Insert the replacement O-ringsBefore reinstalling the spout makes sure, you have applied lubricant to the O-rings outer surface
- Before reinstalling the spout makes sure, you have applied lubricant to the O-rings outer surfaceReinstall the screws, handle, and plastic decorative covers and open the closed drain
- Reinstall the screws, handle, and plastic decorative covers and open the closed drain
- You can now turn the water supply on and check whether there is any leak
2. Kitchen faucet leaking from neck
Sometimes the leak can come from the neck of your kitchen faucet. Here is the simple guide to help you repair a kitchen faucet leaking from the neck.
- Start by turning off the water supply
- Open the cover that attaches the faucet base to the spout. This is usually the neck. You can do this by hand or use a pipe wrench. If you are using a pipe wrench, use a duct tape to cover the teeth to avoid scratching the cover.
- Now it is time to replace the o-rings. To do this use a flat head screwdriver to remove the old o-rings
- Use a plumbing glue to coat the base of where you are going to insert the o-rings. Insert the o-rings. If they are worn out, replace them with new ones.
- Use a high-temperature resistant grease to cover the top of the O-rings
- After replacing the O-rings, it is time to reassemble the faucet. You do this you simply need to reattach the gooseneck back to the faucet by squeezing it down carefully.
- Check for any leaks
3. Kitchen faucet leaking from spout
When you find your kitchen faucet leaking from the spout, you consider the high time the cartridges. A Cartridge is a simple invention that has all the features that are necessary to let your water flow out and shuts easily. When we use the faucet for quite some time, the wear and tear can make the cartridge less effective, and you may start getting leaks at the end of the spout. Here is the procedure of replacing the cartridge.
- Turn the water supply to the sink off
- Remove the cover plate or handle lever
- Remove the screw that attaches the cartridge to the faucet body
- Lift the cartridge to remove it from the body of the faucet
- Install a new cartridge and reassemble the faucet
- Check for any leaks