Faucets are not cheap, so making repairs to them as needed is essential to ensure they work properly and to prevent the need to replace the entire faucet. If you let small things go with your faucets such as leaks, you could end up with damage to the finish of your faucet, as well as an expensive water bill. Make repairs to your faucet when needed. See below for some common faucet issues and how to repair them.
Water Not Flowing Properly
If you turn on the water to your faucet and it's sputtering out, or flowing in an odd way, you may have a clog in your aerator. Sediment and other debris from your water line or from your water can build up in your aerator, causing your water not to flow properly. Remove the faucet housing on the end by unscrewing it from the end. Then remove the aerator. To prevent marring the finish of your faucet, place a towel around the aerator and then pliers around the towel to remove it. Rinse out the screen, or soak it in a vinegar/baking soda mixture to loosen anything that is stuck inside.
Leaky Faucet Handles
If you notice water running out from around the handle of your faucet, it is most likely a cracked or broken o-ring. Turn the water off to the faucet, then take the screw out holding the handle housing in place. Remove the handle housing, then take out the spindle, o-ring, washer and stem screw. Inspect these parts for damage, then replace all of the parts that are broken. Take the parts with you to the hardware store to ensure you are purchasing the right sized parts. Replace the parts and then replace the housing and screw that holds the housing in place. Turn the water back on and then check your work.
If you have water leaking from the faucet itself, that small drip can add up to a costly water bill. Take care of the problem before you end up paying more than necessary. Turn off the water beneath your sink, then turn the water on to allow any remaining water to run out if you have a one-handle faucet. If you have a two-handle faucet, turn off the cold water side, then see if that stops the water from dripping. If that didn't do anything, test the hot water side. This way you know which handle you need to take apart and repair. Once you have determined which side needs to be repaired, take off the handle. Once the handle is removed, begin disassembling the components. Inspect the o-ring and washers, as well as the spindle. If any of these parts are cracked or damaged, they will need to be replaced. Replace the parts inside the handle, then replace the handle. Turn the water back on and check for leaks.
These are common problems that can happen to any homeowner. Make these minor repairs yourself, or call a professional plumber to fix leaky faucets