HELP, My Kitchen Faucet Leaks!5:00 PM
You know that sound tap, tap, tap, tap! It's just this side of maddening!!!! Recently we have been suffering through leaky faucet syndrome times TWO! Sheer torture I tell you - it's sheer torture!
Luckily I've learned a few leaky faucet tricks over the years. I was able to fix both faucets myself.
First this KITCHEN sink:
We have hard water. Apparently the minerals in the local water are known to corrode plumbing fixtures so the good people at Lowes advised me to ONLY buy fixtures with a Lifetime Warranty.
|Cold Water Cartridge|
Changing the cartridge is pretty easy ever for the novice plumber. Plus [mostly] complete instructions are included.
Here are the steps [with a few added tips that the manufacturer left out].
First, TURN OF THE WATER SUPPLY TO THE SINK!!! There should be a handle under the kitchen sink.
Then remove the decorative cap on the faucet handle.
|The decorative cap should flip right off|
|Mine was a phillips head|
|This piece came off easily. I used the pliers to get a good grip.|
|I could have pulled this out with my fingers, but used the pliers to get a good grip.|
Put the new cartridge in and press it in place with your finger.
Put the ring that holds the cartridge in place back on.
|Don't forget to tighten the ring.|
|Line the handle up straight.|
Replace the decorative top.
That's IT! All done.
If the other side is leaking repeat these steps for the other handle. My cold water was leaking and so I only replaced the cartridge for the cold.
The hot was leaking a few months back so that side is all taken care for.
First of all, this is a pretty easy fix and things went well for me. This process was simple because this is a new (1 year old) faucet. If your faucet is old, removing the handle, ring or cartridge might take more time.
Once the new cartridge was installed the faucet gave a very high pitched squeal each time we turned on the cold water. I have NO IDEA why this happened. The good news is that the squeal went away after a few days and the faucet functions normally.
Later, I'll detail how I fixed my leaky shower faucet.