DIY Faucet Installation & Repair


A faucet can wear out over time and leak or cause other issues. Before you replace your faucet, you can try some simple DIY repairs to fix it. Here are some DIY tips from the experts at Wilson Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

Single Handle Kitchen Faucet Repair

If your kitchen faucet is leaking, it’s wise to fix it right away to save yourself expensive repairs in the future. Here are the steps you can take for DIY repair.

  1. Turn off the water supply. The supply lines are normally right under the sink or you can turn off the main supply to your home.

  2. Drain the lines by turning on the faucet until the dripping ends.

  3. Cover the sink with a towel or drain cover so no parts fall through while you work.

  4. Take the faucet off by locating the cap on the back of the faucet. Remove it and locate the screw. Loosen the screw with the necessary screwdriver or allen wrench for the job.

  5. Take the bonnet off the faucet with pliers that are covered with electrical tape for protection. Keep the parts in order so you can remember how to place it back on later.

  6. Look for damage to the O-ring. These can be replaced with new rings that are coated in plumber’s grease.

  7. Look for damage to the spout. If this is the case, you’ll need a new cartridge. Pull upward with pliers to remove the cartridge, and install a new one, making sure the hot and cold water holes are correctly aligned.

  8. Put all the pieces back together in order and test the faucet. If the leak is fixed and everything is working properly, you are all finished. If the leaks still occur, you may need  a replacement.

Washer Faucet Repair

If your leaky faucet is a washer-type model, these are the steps you can use to fix it.

  1. Turn off the water supply

  2. Remove the faucet as described above.

  3. Put electrical tape on your pliers to prevent scratching on your faucet’s finish.

  4. Take the handle off the stem of the faucet.

  5. Clean the faucet cavity gently with an old toothbrush; do not use abrasives.

  6. Replace damaged parts by taking them to a hardware store to find a replacement.

  7. Replace worn washers with new ones.

  8. Inspect the washer seat. If it has four or six sides, you can replace it with a kit. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

  9. If the washer seat is round, you’ll need to dress it with sealant or pipe joint compound.

  10. If the stem leaks, replace the packing.

  11. Put all the parts back together. Test the faucet for leaks. If they aren’t fixed, you may need to replace the faucet.

Bath and Shower Faucet Repair

Follow the steps above to inspect a shower head or bath faucet for leaks. Sometimes you simply need to clean the unit of mineral deposits to get it working properly again.

Two-Handle Faucet Repair

If your faucet has two handles, you likely have a diaphragm faucet. They are like washer-type faucets but have a rubber diaphragm instead of the washers.

You can use the same DIY repair steps for this type of washer as with washer-type faucets. Look for a swiveling disc instead of a washer. You may need to replace the diaphragm if the leak is occurring there.

Disc Faucet Repair

Some faucets open and close with discs. When the discs become worn, leaks occur, and you cannot stop the leak by turning the handles. You’ll need to follow directions above for washer-type faucet repair. You may need to replace the O-ring to stop the leaks.

If you have tried these repairs but still aren’t making progress, the skilled technicians at Wilson Plumbing & Heating, Inc. can fix your faucet or replace it for you. No matter where you live in northeastern Ohio, we are here to help you. Give us a call to fix your faucet today in the Cleveland, Canton, and Akron areas.