Kitchen Faucet Leak in Austin, TX

No one likes a leaky faucet

Mainly because it’s just plain annoying. But you’re in luck. If you have the necessary tools – Allen wrench, screwdriver, groove-joint pliers, and an old toothbrush – we can assist you in fixing it yourself. This particular customer had a ceramic disk faucet, so if that sounds like something you have in your home, the following steps should help you:

  1. Turn off the water at the valve under the sink, then turn on the faucet so the water stops running. This helps to prevent a mess.
  2. Loosen the set screw and remove the handle. If you can’t find the screws under the handle, look underneath the counter below where the handles would be on the other side. (Original installations of these specific models had the screws under the counter). Once the screws are out, the handle and cover will come off.
  3. Life off the decorative cap.
  4. Use joint-groove pliers to loosen the cartridge and then lift it off. Remove the seals on the bottom of the cartridge with your screwdriver.
  5. You’ll have to clean the seals (with the toothbrush) to get rid of sediment. If you can’t get them clean, you’ll have to replace them.
  6. Remove the O-ring from the faucet and lightly coat it with silicone grease. Then install it in the groove on the faucet body.
  7. Replace the cartridge inside the faucet body and tighten it. Replace the decorative cap and use the Allen wrench to tighten the setscrew on the handle.

Water constantly dripping from a faucet is aggravating, yes, but it’s also a waste of water and money. Call Radiant Plumbing today if you’d rather have a professional come out and fix the problem for you.