Allowing your kitchen faucet to leak is not only annoying to see and hear, but it’s also environmentally irresponsible AND a waste of money. If your regular rotary ball kitchen faucet is experiencing a leak, take the proper steps to correct and repair the leak.
Step 1: The first step in any plumbing project is to shut the water off. You can either shut the valve below the sink off, or you can play it safe by shutting off the main water valve. For added insurance, place rags in the drain to prevent any parts and pieces from falling into it.
Step 2: Lift up the faucet and expose the screw that holds the faucet in place. Use a wrench, an Allen wrench in this case, to unscrew the handle.
Step 3: Grab a set of pliers and begin lifting up the dome assembly to expose the bonnet, ball, and cam. Remove all of the pieces and inspect the ball for any damage. If there is, replace the ball with a new one.
Step 4: Begin removing each O-ring and spring from beneath the location of the ball. Replace all of the damaged or irregular O-rings and springs. Each piece must be replaced in the exact same way it was found to ensure a tight and secure fit.
Step 5: You can now reassemble the entire faucet in reverse chronological order. Turn the water back on and test to see if the leak has been fixed.
A leaky faucet is nothing more than a waste of the planet’s resources and your hard earned money. If you’re having trouble fixing the leaky faucet yourself, contact the experts at Tri-City Appliance, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.