One of the most the things that keeps me from being productive in the kitchen are faucet leaks. I wanted it to be fixed right away because it is not only distracting my work but it also is the reason for high water bills. Good thing, I have a husband who knows how to deal with this kind of problem and observing him repair our kitchen leaks gave me some idea on what to do whenever I experience this kind of problem in the future.
The first thing that you need to do is to identify the problem. Is it water flow problems, leaks and drips at the spout’s end, leaks in the handles, or is it a leak from the spout’s base? In doing so you will be able to easily find a solution for each problem.
Next, you need to identify the type of faucet you have. Is it a ball faucet, a cartridge faucet or a ceramic-disk faucet? A ball faucet contains a ball bearing. You can shop for faucet repair kits that contain these kinds of bearings. A cartridge faucet contains a cartridge and ceramic faucet has a ceramic cylinder. Some of the things you need to deal with faucet leaks like washers and O rings are already on the kit. Also, you will have to you use wrench sets, screwdrivers, and pliers.
Once you have identified the problems and the kits you need, then it’s time for you to start the job. Please remember this two important things before you start working.
- Turn off Water in the Faucet. Underneath the sink, check out those pipes that run up and somewhere in it are handles that you can turn to shut the water.
- Plug the Drain. Use a sink plug to do this.
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