My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!
Leaky faucets are one of the most common home plumbing problem. Not only can they be annoying, but they can also waste a great deal of water. Fortunately, they're also among the easiest plumbing issues to repair. In most cases, leaky faucets need nothing more than a new O-ring seal. Before you tackle this repair, however, there are some common mistakes to avoid.
Not Knowing Your Faucet Type
There are several different types of faucets, and each of them operates differently and has some different parts. A compression faucet, for example, has many different parts that can make getting to/replacing the seal challenging. Ceramic disk faucets (which are commonly found in kitchen sinks) are typically the easiest to repair, since the O-ring seal is easily accessible. Make sure you understand what you're working with before you begin your repair.
Damaging Your Faucet Fixture
More than likely, you'll need a set of pliers to take your faucet apart. However, pliers can also be damaging to faucet hardware, leaving scratches and gouges on finishes like stainless steel and brushed nickel or copper. To avoid damaging your faucet, consider wrapping some duct tape around the plier heads before using them to take the fixture apart,
Failing to Label Parts and Order of Removal
The last thing you want is to get your faucet taken apart, only to find that you don't know how to put it back together after replacing the seal. To avoid this problem, carefully sort and label parts in the order you remove them so you can easily put them back together.
Leaving the Sink Drain Open
Faucets tend to have lots of small parts that could easily be dropped down your sink drain if you're not careful. You can easily avoid making this mistake by closing your sink drain before you start, or covering it with a plastic bag or rag so nothing can fall into the drain. If you do lose any parts down the drain, they're not necessarily lost for good, but you may need to call your local plumber for help retrieving them from your drain trap.
Overall, repairing a leaky faucet is a pretty simple DIY project for most homeowners--and knowing how to avoid these common mistakes can save you a lot of hassle in the process. However, if you run into any trouble along the way, be sure to contact a reputable plumber for further assistance.