A lot of people might look at kitchen faucet repair as a reason to call a professional plumber and have them come out straight away. While it’s true you want to take care of any necessary kitchen faucet repair as quickly as possible, it is not something you necessarily need to spend money on a plumbing contractor for. In fact, many kitchen faucet repairs can be carried out by just about anyone with just a few simple tools. The job usually only takes a few minutes and any parts you need are usually less than a buck. Sounds a lot better than hiring a professional plumbing contractor service, huh?If you have not handled your own kitchen faucet repair before, you’re probably wondering where to even begin. The great news is: you already have. You have figured out that you have a kitchen faucet that needs some work.
Chances are, you know just which one, too. Okay, that’s step one. The next step is to surmise where the problem is.
There are variables here, of course. We’d need a lot more room to cover every possible combination for every kitchen faucet issue, but we’ll go over some basics. The most common problems you’re going to run into with a kitchen faucet are either leaks, the valve not shutting off completely, or a loose fixture. These really aren’t too hard to fix. Usually, you’ll end up needing a bolt, gasket, washer, or some similarly inexpensive part.There are times the problem may be bad enough, the faucet may be old enough, or some such thing, where you need to replace the kitchen faucet, and that’s usually not so bad either.
First things first, though. Determine where and what the problem with the kitchen faucet is. If it’s a leak, where is it coming from? If it’s loose, is it the whole fixture from the base, or just the handle or nozzle? If it’s running constantly, is it both the hot and cold water or just one or the other—does turning the valve higher or lower have any effect on the pressure and flow? Once you know what problem you’re working with, you will know where to start with your kitchen faucet repair.
The next thing you’re going to want to do is turn off the water supply to that faucet. Often, the water supply valves are going to be located under the sink against the wall where the water lines come in. Make sure that’s off. Test the faucet afterward just to be sure.