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A faulty faucet can disrupt the functionality of your kitchen sink or bathroom. It’s just annoying to find that the faucet won’t let out water when you desperately need to wash your hands.
You may find a faucet situation impossible to deal with. But you will be surprised, how simple it is to fix some of the commonly occurring faucet issues. It just requires some basic mechanics and a little bit of skill.
Let’s help you figure out why your faucet is acting weird, and what you can do to fit it!
Time to Let Go
Faucets are usually built to last decades and need only minor repairs now and then. You should assess whether your faucet’s too worn out to serve its purpose.
You can easily pick up these tell-tale signs:
- The faucet’s surface may look rusty and corroded.
- The aerator or spout of the faucet appears worn out.
- The internal parts have become redundant and need frequent repairs.
Fix: In this case, the only solution to your faucet problem is a faucet replacement.
Your Faucet’s a Screecher
Faucets can make rather strange unpleasant noises. It’s a definite sign that the internal washer has worn out. A hardened rubber washer makes these queer sounds when water gushes past them.
Fix: You need to replace the washer. You can purchase a set of washers from any hardware store, or even buy it online.
The Faucet Won’t Let Out Water
A faucet that drips instead of streaming water is a major annoyance. Unless someone has turned off the main valve to play a prank on you, there may be a faucet problem that requires fixing. The issue may be due to leakage in water supply pipes or plumbing blockage.
Fix: You need to take the faucet apart and clean its internal chambers. If the problem persists, there may be a leak in the water supply that needs to be detected and repaired.
The Faucet Sounds Mechanically Abrupt
A faucet that makes a clunking mechanical sound when turned indicates loose faucet parts. There may be cracked parts within the faucet that make the clanking sound when water passes through.
Fix: You need to dismantle the faucet and look inside for any cracked components that may be responsible for the problem. Once done, reassemble the parts and test the faucet.
Too Squeaky to Handle
Squeaky faucet handles may not be a problem functionally. But the silly noise can drive anyone bonkers. The cause of the squeaky handle is friction. This occurs when the threads on the faucet get worn out.
Fix: You will need some plumber’s grease from the hardware store. Remove the faucet’s handle and apply grease on the threads. Reassemble the faucet and the noises would be all gone.
It’s the Sprayer’s Fault
The sprayer attached to the kitchen faucet may suddenly stop functioning. Usually, this is due to the build-up of lime and scale in the spray hose.
Fix: You can unscrew the sprayer’s parts and soak them in a solution made of vinegar and baking soda.
When the aerator holes of the faucet get clogged, the water supply loses pressure and the water comes out in a slow stream.
Fix: You can unscrew the aerator and soak it in the vinegar solution for some time and then brush off the surface. Never pick the holes with a safety pin directly.
Dripping All Night
The freaky sound from a leaky faucet can be enough to ruin your sleep on a quiet winter night. There must be a reason this sound is always a part of the background score of horror movies. Besides the pool of water that welcomes you when you step in the bath, is a horror in itself.
The culprit in this case is a faucet that has become dislodged or damaged.
Fix: Replace the washer on the faucet and the leaky faucet should be all right.