Six Quick Ways to Fix a Faucet Problem

As a homeowner there will be a time that you may need to call a plumber to fix a problem or carry out some work. There will always be a need for a professional that can fix all your problems for you. However there are many jobs that can be carried out by someone with very basic DIY skills. One of these areas is in basic plumbing and specifically dealing with faucet problem. The following tips and tricks could save you some money and help to develop your DIY skills.

1. A Screeching Faucet

If every time you turn on the faucet there’s a screeching sound, you have a broken rubber seal. Over time the rubber washers inside your faucet harden and become less effective. This is a simple inexpensive fix, simply purchase a kit from a hardware store and replace the washer.

2. Your Faucet is Spitting at You

More than likely this is a due to a clogged aerator that is causing the water stream to be inconsistent. The aerator is a screen that covers the opening of the faucet. Remove the aerator and give it a thorough cleaning to get rid of the mineral deposits or lime that accumulated on its surface. Once the aerator is cleaned simply re-attach it and you’re done. If you find that the deposits are hard to remove then it’s probably easier just to buy a new one and throw the old one away.

3. The Faucet is Clicking or Clanking

Weird mechanical noises coming from the faucet probably indicates internal cracks or broken pieces of faucet moving around. In this case you could try taking the faucet apart, cleaning it and reassembling. If this doesn’t work you may need to replace the whole faucet. If the sound is actually coming from your pipes rather than the faucet it could indicate a more serious problem that needs to be investigated by a plumber.

4. The Faucet Handle is Squeaky

A squeaky faucet handle indicates that the threads on the stem of the faucet have become worn. This can be fixed by removing the handle of the faucet and coating the stem with a generous coat of plumber’s grease. Once the faucet is re-assembled this should make the handle action as smooth and as quiet as it was when new.

5. A Dribbling Kitchen Sink Sprayer

If you find that your kitchen sink sprayer has a low flow the problem may be the diverter. This is a valve that is located on the stem of the faucet. Take apart the handle and remove the diverter with a small screwdriver. Then you will need to clean it, soak the diverter in a bath of equal parts boiling water and white vinegar. Once the cleaning is complete re-assemble the handle with the diverter in place and the sprayer stream should be working fine.

6. The Bathtub Spout Won’t Come Off

If you wish to replace or fix a bathtub spout you may find that it’s hard to remove without scratching it. A plumber would use a strap wrench, but this is quite a specialized tool and it’s unlikely that a layman will have one. Instead use a pair of slip joint pliers, jam the handles in the spout and turn counterclockwise.

If you would like to know more about any plumbing issues that you need to have addressed or need assistance from a plumber to fix your faucet, contact Scott English Plumbing. Our experienced technicians have expertise in every area of plumbing and would be happy to provide advice or guidance for your specific circumstances.