Leakage in the bathroom’s tap is a very common problem which every homeowner should be able to repair a leaky faucet on their own. Honestly, the sound of the dripping water is also irritating. Due to leakage of faucets whether in washroom or kitchen, it creates mess even anyone can slip too. You can detect and solve this problem yourself, whether you’re dealing with a mixer tap, monobloc, or pillar tap. With these methods, you can solve the issue or take professional help.
Let’s look at what you should do if you have leakage in the faucet!
How do you know what kind of tap it is?
Identifying the sort of tap you’re dealing with might help you figure out the issue before you try these techniques to repair a leaking tap. It’s a basic thing that you should do at first! If you don’t know which type of faucet it is, it will be difficult for you to work on it.
With a mixer tap, you can regulate both hot and cold water temperature simultaneously using both handles. A classic pillar tap has two distinct taps (one for hot and one for cold) or a monobloc tap where you can control water temperature and flow via one lever.
Turn off the water
The first step you should take is to go and turn off the water supply. If there is leakage and your water is still on, there will be a flood in the bathroom. Find the fixture valves and off them by moving handles clockwise to deactivate the water. There is a possibility that your tap doesn’t have the valves, so just shut down the water supply from the main source. To ensure the job is done, see whether the faucet is still leaking or not.
Detach the faucet
Eliminating the handles of different faucets depends on the method of fixation. For standard fixtures, you can use a flathead screwdriver to caps located on the upper area of handles. Unscrew the screws and detach the handles.
Identify the source of the leak
To find the source of your faucet’s leak, you’ll need to look for water trickling from your water spigot. You may leak the joints or hinges of your faucet if you see pools of water surrounding it. Your supply lines or waste pipe are most likely to blame if you leak your sink.
Your next question is which component to replace based on the kind of faucet you have. The amount of rotation you have to work with will tell you what kind of mechanism and valve you’re dealing with. A complete rotation often indicates a classic rubber washer. A ceramic disc type is seen in contemporary, and monobloc faucets are often referred to as a quarter rotation. If you are still unclear, then you can take help from youtube videos.
Change the damaged parts
Replacing worn or broken components is a must. Find the components you need from your neighborhood hardware shop. Bring the old ones to a hardware shop and ask for identical copies of the components you need for your leaky faucet. You can easily get identical new parts from the shop and online stores but make sure the parts are the same.
Make sure the valves are clean
After removing the stem or cartridge, inspect the valve body. Mineral accumulation is a common occurrence. For best results, soak it for a few minutes in white vinegar before using it. It’s time to scrape the remainder of your sink to get it back to its shiny and smooth state.