Calgary Plumbing:Learn Step by Step How to Replace a Leaking Kitchen Faucet
It’s a silent, dark night and not a sound can be heard anywhere around. Just as you head into your bedroom, you hear that creepy sound of water dripping from somewhere, tip-tap and tip-tap. Hey, it’s not some paranormal activity we’re unfolding here! We’re simply trying to highlight that irritating, leaking kitchen faucet!
Learning to fix a leaking kitchen faucet will not only help you save some money on plumbing repairs, but will also get you through those long sleepless nights when the wait for the plumber to arrive next morning might seem like an eternity.
In order to replace a leaking kitchen faucet on your own, you’ll most importantly require a spare kitchen faucet set (always keep one or two handy for emergencies), a kitchen faucet replacement kit which will have all the essential parts in it, including the mounting hardware. So let’s learn how to fix a leaking kitchen faucet.
Now, let’s see exactly which all tools you need to replace a kitchen faucet. Items needed are an adjustable wrench, kitchen faucet replacement kit, plumbing putty, flat-head screwdriver and some old pieces of cloth. Once you have all these in place, follow the following steps:
Step 1: Turn off the faucet’s water supply. This can be done either by turning the valve under the kitchen sink to off or in case you can’t locate it, turning off the water supply to the whole house from the mains.
Step 2: Open up the faucet completely with the help of a wrench and allow the extra water to flow out. Wipe off any excess water and you’ll then have a dry surface to work on. Locate the screws which had kept the faucet intact and get hold of the screwdriver you’ll need to open it up.
Step 3: Loosen up the screw(s) without damaging the counter-top or the sink area. Place some old pieces of cloth around and on the faucet, so that they provide a cushioning effect and prevent any harm from the screwdriver.
Step 4: Remove the old faucet and clean up the area completely. Inspect the area well to locate any pipes that might need cleaning or proper fitting, or perhaps any repair required in water lines.
Step 5: Take out the new faucet from its package and read the instructions properly to perform any pre-installation assembly (if needed).
Step 6: Take some plumbing putty and smear around 0.25 inch of it around new faucet’s base. Now press the new faucet properly into the already existing holes and watch the plumbing putty work its magic as it seals it comprehensively.
Step 7: In case the new faucet requires the bolts or screw covers to be installed over the screws’ ends, you will need to slide under the kitchen sink and install them properly, along with the provided washers. Tighten up the bolts/screw covers and washers up till the base so that they hold the new faucet tightly.
Step 8: Strictly go by the instructions which came along with the new faucet for fitting the cold and hot water lines correctly (in case there are two separate connections for temperatures). Now, turn the water supply back to on and turn the handle completely till the end. It will help you ascertain if the flow and pressure is appropriate. If all seems ok, then congratulations! You have successfully learnt how to replace a leaking kitchen faucet.
If you feel uncertain or under-confident at any point of time, it will be in the best interest of your kitchen as well as your pocket to seek assistance of plumbing professionals. We are a professional and reputed plumbing company based in Calgary. Please feel free to call us at ClearView Plumbing & Heating any time for any plumbing related help. We can be reached anytime at 403 216-8439.
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