Some plumbing issues can get out of hand, and require you to call the professionals to ensure a proper and quick fix. However, those can sometimes be expensive. There are some problems that feel like they need a plumber, but can actually be fixed by you, the homeowner.
One such issue that some homeowners might come across is a stiff faucet handle. When a faucet handle becomes difficult to turn, it may be due to age, friction or mineral deposits. Fortunately, you might already have the tools necessary to repair your faucet. Those that you might not have can be found at your local hardware store.
A couple of those items that you would need to include plumber’s grease, an adjustable wrench, an Allen wrench, pliers, and a screwdriver. Pliers can accommodate a variety of nut sizes, whereas you might also need both flathead and Phillips head screwdrivers to prevent damage to your faucet’s screws.
If you fear you might break or damage a part within your faucet, try to find which brand faucet it is, and take pictures of the faucet in case you need to find replacement parts at a home improvement store. Regardless of the brand, many of the steps to fixing your faucet will remain the same.
First, you want to turn off the water beneath the sink, and that means both the hot and cold water supply lines. With the water off, you can then remove any decorative cap that may be on top of the handle. This should reveal a screw. Once that screw is loosened and the handle removed, the valve stem is exposed. This valve can be pulled out, or you might first need to remove a retaining clip or nut.
By using some vinegar, you can clean the inside of the faucet, and then repeat that cleaning with the cartridge. If there are any metal shavings, worn parts, or mineral buildup, use a scrub brush to loosen the deposits. The plumber’s grease is used to lubricate the threads, or you may need to replace the cartridge.
When you have cleaned out the handles and the faucet, you should be able to reverse the process and put the fixture back together. Clean up the area, turn the water back on, and test the handles to make sure they are both smooth and free of any leaks.
You do not need to panic at the first sign of every plumbing problem. Some of those problems are more of a nuisance, and with the right tools and knowledge, any homeowner can make that easy fix. For more information on keeping your faucet in great working condition, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.