Leaky sinks can be annoying and worrisome, especially if you’re concerned about how much water you’re using. The steady drip of a leaky faucet can easily amount to gallons of water lost. If you don't fix a sink leak right away, it can lead to more serious damage. Luckily, there are a few quick and easy fixes that you can use to repair a leaky sink at home.
Preparation Is Key
Before you begin, make sure you have all the tools you need to repair your leak. To repair most faucets, you will need a wrench, a flat-head screwdriver, lubricating oil or plumber’s grease, and washers and O-rings.
Before beginning your sink repair, make sure to:
- Turn off the water under the sink
- Close or cover the sink drain
- Gently clean the faucet to remove any gunk or deposits
Know Your Faucet
Before you begin your sink repair, it’s important to identify what kind of faucet you have. This will help you determine how to go about repairing the leak. Each type of faucet requires different materials and repair processes.
- Compression faucets are the oldest type of faucets and have two separate, turnable handles on either side that control water flow.
- Cartridge or sleeve faucets have one or two handles that control water flow. Unlike compression faucets, you push these handles to operate them.
- Ball type faucets do not have washers and are common for kitchen sinks. The faucet handle can move up and down and side to side, controlling water pressure, flow, and temperature.
- Ceramic disk faucets do not have washers. The handles move up and down and side to side, but not as freely as ball-type faucets can.
Each faucet will require a different repair process, and you should always check to see how to repair your specific sink design. Generally, the basic steps for repairing a leaky sink are:
- Turn off the water to the sink and prepare materials.
- Remove the faucet handles.
- Remove the sink stem.
- Inspect the O-ring and washer and replace.
- Reassemble your sink.
Do you need help fixing a difficult leaky sink? The trained plumbing professionals at Mr. Rooter Plumbing can fix all your leaks. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at your Fort Bend home or business.