TROUBLESHOOTING AND SOLUTIONS FOR DRIPPING FAUCET.
Faucets are an integral part of the family structure and must be kept in good condition. A leaky faucet not only disrupts sleep and increases water bills, but also causes discomfort, ranging from disruptive to catastrophic changes. Typical causes of faucet leaks are corrosion, mineral deposits or seals on internal parts, and damaged O-rings or seals. Most leaking faucets can be solved as long as the homeowner has the right tools and some basic installation knowledge.
There could be several reasons for the faucet dripping?
1. Problems with O-rings:
The handle of the faucet is fixed with the handle screw. The rod screw contains a small washer called an o-ring. This is a place where water dripping can occur. The O-ring may come loose or wear out during normal use, causing the faucet to drip near the handle. If this is the problem, replacing the damaged o-ring will fix it. This problem occurs specifically in the cartridge tap.
2. Corrosion of the valve seat:
The valve seat is used as a connection between the faucet and the nozzle in the compression mechanism. The build-up of water deposits can corrode the valve seat, which can lead to leaks around the nozzle. Regularly clean the valve seat with the help of a professional installer.
3. Worn washers:
This is one of the most common causes of faucet dripping. With each use, the seal is forced to lean against the valve seat and this continuous friction causes the seal to wear out. As a result, a drop was found around the nozzle. The drip caused by the wear of the rubber seal can be eliminated by replacing the seal. This type of leak occurs in pressurized water taps.
How to fix a leaking faucet？
Faucets are an important part of your home: they can give off water. Therefore, it is very important to keep the faucet in working condition. From leaks to noises, your wd-40 faucet can be malfunctioning. The nasty dripping sound will make you sleepless at night, and dripping faucets are nasty things. Fortunately, repairing a leaky faucet can be surprisingly cheap and easy.
Tools you will need:
-Adjustable wrench: C wrench
-Phillips screwdriver and/or flat head screwdriver
-Penetrating oil such as WD-40 or CRC
-Replace seal and O-ring
Step 1: turn the broken faucet into "Old Faithful" and don't make it worse. Before attaching a wrench or screwdriver to the device, make sure that the water supply from the handle above the sink to the button under the main pipe that controls water intake is turned off.
Step 2: remove all decorative parts of the handle knob. Just pry it open with a flat blade screwdriver. There is a screw under each button that secures the handle to the valve stem. Loosen the handle and gently remove it with a flat head. Using penetrating oil can help loosen the oil so that you can remove the faucet handle from the valve stem.
Step 3: Use a wrench to loosen the packing nut. From there you should notice the stem. Delete it too. Depending on the faucet, some stems will suddenly pop out while others twist away from the valve. Check whether the removed parts are damaged.
Step 4: If at this point everything is intact, check the O-ring and the seal in the seat - this may be the cause of the leak. Remove the gasket and insert the replacement into the seat.
Note: It is important to ensure that your replacement seals and o-rings are fully functional. If in doubt, check the fit to see if the side accepts tapered or flat washers, then purchase the appropriate type. You may need to take the old o-ring to your local hardware store to check the correct size. You can also purchase a package that contains many O-rings of various sizes.
Step 5: Carefully reassemble all parts (in the order washer / O-ring, spindle, sealing nut, screw, and handle). Turn the knob slowly and carefully to test the tap water to see if the leak has been leaked.
If the faucet is still dripping after replacing it, it could be due to corrosion of the valve seat. If it is not cleaned in a timely manner, there may be leaks near the nozzle. Other potential problems include worn seals, loose parts, or even worse pipe breaks.