Quick & Easy Bathroom Faucet Repair
One of the calls we see a lot of is for bathroom faucet repair. If you’ve been around plumbing for any length of time, it is inevitable that you have been plagued by the constant drip, drip, drip of a faucet at one point or another. You might be looking at a kitchen, laundry, or bathroom faucet repair. If you’ve never tackled something like this before, you might find it a little bit intimidating. Don’t fret, though. Bathroom faucet repairs is one of the easiest plumbing repairs you can do on your own. You don’t need a licensed, bonded, and insured plumbing contractor like Crystal Lake Plumber. Carrying out a bathroom faucet repair is honestly something almost anyone with a few basic tools can handle.
First, you need to figure out where the bathroom faucet is leaking from. This is usually pretty easy. The consistent dripping noise usually comes when the faucet is leaking directly from the spout. On the other hand, if there is water at the base of the handle, this is where your faucet is leaking from. In either event, most bathroom faucet repairs are as simple as swapping out a washer or gasket—the same washer or gasket you can purchase from just about any home improvement or plumbing supply store.
Before you dig out your tools and get to work, though, you want to locate your bathroom faucet’s shut-off valve. Often, this is directly below the faucet, in the cabinet, by the wall where the pipes exit the wall and head up to the bathroom sink faucet. If the problem happens to be the tub faucet, this can be a bit more difficult. Depending on how your house was built, you might have an access panel to the bath tub or shower plumbing on an adjoining wall from the next room—often in a closet to keep it out of sight. In other cases, you may have to shut off the water to the whole house. If the bathroom faucet repair you’re attempting happens to be the showerhead, you usually don’t have to worry about it unless it is constantly leaking. If it only leaks when you’re using it, then just keeping the water off in the tub should be fine. Of course, being on the safe side and turning off the water isn’t going to hurt anything anyway. So, once you have shut off the water to the problem faucet, you will start disassembling it.
If the leak is at the handles, these are usually removed with a screw at the top, often covered by a decorative cap. From there, a simple Phillips head screwdriver, and you can take the handle off. If the problem is in the spout, you usually don’t need any tools—the bottom of the spout will usually have a hand tightened cover, which holds in the washer, gasket, and screen.
Once everything is taken apart, you can usually find the problem just by simple examination. The washer or gasket will show wear. You might also see debris in the area. Clean that up with some clean water. Replace the gasket and/or seal, and reassemble. Turn the water back on slowly, and you’ll know right away whether you’ve completed the bathroom faucet repair or made it worse. Don’t turn the water on all the way at once, though, because if you failed to line everything up and tighten it properly, you’re going to have a big mess on your hands right quick.
That’s really all there is to most bathroom faucet repairs. Of course, we’re always here to help you with bathroom faucet repairs and other plumbing needs. Feel free to give us a call 24×7, and we’ll be happy to help.
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