Kitchen Faucet Leaking Under Sink

Kitchen Faucet Leaking Under Sink

Search Add New Question While my faucet has two handles, they do not have a top that I can remove (hot/cold). They have a very small hole on each side of the faucet, but I have no idea what tool to use. What kind of faucet is this? wikiHow Contributor From your description, it could be the compression faucet type and that “small hole” on either side of the two handles is indicative of where to begin to unscrew them. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 2 Helpful 14 I removed the screw on a compression faucet handle, but the handle still doesn’t come off. What is holding it on, and how do I get it off? wikiHow Contributor If you have an older faucet and it has calcium building up, that has the potential to cement the handle to the fixture. To deal with this, use Lime Away or CLR on the area to help dissolve the calcium. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 2 Helpful 5 I have a pinhole leak on the top of the spigot on my kitchen faucet. How do I repair it? wikiHow Contributor You might try JB Weld and pack the hole using a Q tip, but it could be unsightly. Petroleum based fluids will clean residue off after it has set for 10 minutes. Other than that, you could just replace the faucet as the hole will most likely get bigger. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 2 Helpful 2 The stem won’t come out. How can I get it out? wikiHow Contributor You can try putting the handle back on, tighten the set screw and pull up on it; or use lubricating oil to soften up rust buildup between stem and stem housing and then pull it up. You may have to get aggressive with channel locks and pull the stem out; however, that may damage the handle stem. Lastly, before you put a new stem in, wipe inside the stem valve to remove any rust or slime, then open the shut off valve to allow water to just bubble over the top for 10 seconds. This removes debris that will get up inside your faucet line and seriously reduce your water flow. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 3 Helpful 2 The type I have in my bathroom has neither holes nor caps. What can I do? wikiHow Contributor I have the same issue, no holes or side screws, but the handles are loose. I asked my hardware guy, he says these are throw away types that cannot be worked on (they’re not made to come apart). I am going to replace the faucet. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 9 Helpful 3 Can I fix the leak without turning the water off if I have the first type of shower in the article? wikiHow Contributor Always turn the water off. It’s easier than mopping up 30 gallons of water if you do something wrong. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 5 Helpful 2 For a leaky faucet, can I unscrew the tip that the water comes out of into the sink and replace a washer there? wikiHow Contributor Suppose that the washer is washed into the drain? It is best not to put unscrewed parts in the sink but on top of the counter and where they are sure to be safe. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 19 Helpful 3 What should I do if the screw is stripped? wikiHow Contributor If the screw is stripped, then that means that it can no longer be used. Buy a new screw that fits the same dimensions of the old screw at your nearest hardware store. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 7 Helpful 1 What if there are no turn off valves under sink? wikiHow Contributor Find the main valve of the water coming to your apartment or house an shut it off. You’ll have no water in the whole residence for the duration of the repair. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 1 Helpful 0
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Kitchen Faucet Leaking Under Sink

If you can’t pinpoint the source of the leak, it’s fair to suspect the sink drain, which only leaks when the sink is full of water, or the faucet. If it’s the sink drain that’s leaking, unscrewing it and repacking it with plumber’s putty will usually fix the problem. Although you usually notice faucet leaks above the sink, sometimes water can flow down the back of the faucet and drip underneath the sink without being visible. The procedure for fixing a leaking faucet depends on the type of faucet you have. It usually involves disassembly and replacement of one or two gaskets or washers.
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Kitchen Faucet Leaking Under Sink

Fixing Other Leaks If you can’t pinpoint the source of the leak, it’s fair to suspect the sink drain, which only leaks when the sink is full of water, or the faucet. If it’s the sink drain that’s leaking, unscrewing it and repacking it with plumber’s putty will usually fix the problem. Although you usually notice faucet leaks above the sink, sometimes water can flow down the back of the faucet and drip underneath the sink without being visible. The procedure for fixing a leaking faucet depends on the type of faucet you have. It usually involves disassembly and replacement of one or two gaskets or washers.
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Kitchen Faucet Leaking Under Sink

Fix an Erratic Sink Sprayer Inside your faucet, there’s a “diverter” valve, which stops the water flow to the spout and sends it to the sprayer when you press the spray head’s trigger. Here are the symptoms of diverter trouble: Very little water, or none at all, comes out of the sprayer when you press the trigger. A bad sprayer head can cause this, but more often the diverter is the culprit. To check this, remove the spray head and turn on the faucet. If the water flow out of the hose is weak, the diverter is to blame. The sprayer pulsates like a machine gun. Water continues to flow out of the faucet spout when you’re using the sprayer. Often, a misbehaving diverter needs only light scrubbing with a toothbrush and a good rinse. But since removing a diverter usually requires major faucet disassembly, it’s best to simply replace the diverter rather than risk taking it apart again. Diverter styles and removal procedures differ widely. Some are small valves like the one shown here. Others are larger cylinders that don’t look like valves at all. Some newer diverters aren’t inside the faucet, but are instead connected to the sprayer hose below. So the first step in diverter repair is finding a diagram of your faucet. If you can’t find your owner’s manual, do an online search. Type in the manufacturer of your faucet followed by “faucet parts diagram.” With a little searching, you’ll find an illustration showing your faucet’s internal parts. You’ll also find several sources for replacement parts online. To find a local supplier, check theYellow Pages under “Plumbing, Fixtures” or search online. Disassemble the faucet to access the diverter.
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Kitchen Faucet Leaking Under Sink

Fix an Erratic Sink Sprayer Inside your faucet, there’s a “diverter” valve, which stops the water flow to the spout and sends it to the sprayer when you press the spray head’s trigger. Here are the symptoms of diverter trouble: Very little water, or none at all, comes out of the sprayer when you press the trigger. A bad sprayer head can cause this, but more often the diverter is the culprit. To check this, remove the spray head and turn on the faucet. If the water flow out of the hose is weak, the diverter is to blame. The sprayer pulsates like a machine gun. Water continues to flow out of the faucet spout when you’re using the sprayer. Often, a misbehaving diverter needs only light scrubbing with a toothbrush and a good rinse. But since removing a diverter usually requires major faucet disassembly, it’s best to simply replace the diverter rather than risk taking it apart again. Diverter styles and removal procedures differ widely. Some are small valves like the one shown here. Others are larger cylinders that don’t look like valves at all. Some newer diverters aren’t inside the faucet, but are instead connected to the sprayer hose below. So the first step in diverter repair is finding a diagram of your faucet. If you can’t find your owner’s manual, do an online search. Type in the manufacturer of your faucet followed by “faucet parts diagram.” With a little searching, you’ll find an illustration showing your faucet’s internal parts. You’ll also find several sources for replacement parts online. To find a local supplier, check theYellow Pages under “Plumbing, Fixtures” or search online.
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Kitchen Faucet Leaking Under Sink

Determine what type of faucet you have. A compression faucet has two screw handles, one for hot and one for cold, and is the easiest to recognize by sight. The other three types of faucet all have one central, swiveling arm that you can swing from hot to cold as desired. You may have to take your faucet apart before you know which is which, because the internal mechanisms at the base of their arms are all different: A ball faucet contains a ball bearing. A cartridge faucet contains a cartridge. The materials of the cartridge will vary, but handle often has a decorative cap. A ceramic-disk faucet contains a ceramic cylinder.

Kitchen Faucet Leaking Under Sink

Kitchen Faucet Leaking Under Sink