If you’ve ever had a leaky single-handle bathtub faucet, you know how much of a pain it can be. Aside from causing you to waste lots of water and increasing your water bill, it can also create a constantly wet environment in your bathroom and promote the growth of mold and mildew. Fortunately, if you have this problem, you can take several steps to fix it and get your bathtub faucet in good shape again. Here are some of the things you can do:
Gather The Tools You Need
Before doing anything else, get your toolbox and take out the things you’ll be using. These include an Allen wrench, screwdrivers (Philips and flathead), and pliers (adjustable and needle-nose). Don’t forget to get rags and white vinegar. You can also buy new gaskets and O-rings from your local hardware store if you know exactly what size you need.
Turn Off The Water Supply
Once you have everything you need, turn off either your house’s main water supply or just the valve that supplies water to your bathroom. Make sure to open your bathtub faucet to let all the remaining water out; you don’t want the water to gush out like Old Faithful while you’re fixing the faucet!
Prepare Your Work Area
Place a rag on the drain to catch any small parts you might drop and prevent them from falling through and ending up in the pipes. You can also lay a piece of paper on the tub or on the floor and put the faucet parts on it as you disassemble them. This way, you can keep on the components all in one place and know which one you should put back in first when you reassemble the faucet.
Disassemble Your Faucet
Use your Philips screwdriver to remove the screw that holds the bathtub faucet handle. Once it’s out, use your needle-nose pliers to pull out the retaining pin and the cartridge. (Some cartridges are held in place by a collar, which you can take off using your adjustable pliers.) Inspect the cartridge; if it’s coated in mineral deposits, soak it in white vinegar for 24 hours to remove them. These deposits may be preventing your faucet from sealing properly and causing it to leak.
Replace Anything That Needs To Be Replaced
If you notice that the cartridge is cracked, you’ll need to replace it with a new one. The same thing holds true for old O-rings and rubber gaskets. Even if they don’t appear worn out, it’s better to replace them now instead of later; after all, how often do you have the extra time to disassemble and reassemble your faucet?
But don’t just use any kind of O-ring and gasket; before installing them, check if they’re the right size and shape. Using the wrong parts can lead to even more leaks and prevent your faucet from functioning properly.
Reassemble And Test
After cleaning your cartridge and doing the necessary replacements, it’s time to reassemble your bathtub faucet. Make sure to put everything back in the right order and screw everything tightly. Once you’re done, test the faucet and see if it still leaks. If it does, it’s definitely the right time to call a professional plumber and let him handle the problem.
Use these tips now and let them help you fix your leaky single-handed bathtub faucet!
Having a leaky garden hose connector can be a big hassle. For one thing, it can cause you to waste gallons of water, which can lead to a large utility bill. It can also make watering your plants more difficult, especially when the leak is too large and not enough water can reach the end of your hose. Of course, it can make your home and garden less environmentally friendly since you’re wasting earth’s precious natural resources.
Fortunately, if you find a leak in your garden hose connector, you can take several steps to fix it. These include:
Inspecting The Hose Placement
The first thing you should do is to see if you’ve installed the hose correctly. It might seem unnecessary, but sometimes a leak is caused by a hose that’s not screwed on tightly. There’s no need to get a wrench; using one often results to over-tightening (which can lead to damaged hose parts) and, most of the time, tightening the connection by hand does the trick.
Checking The Threads
Inspect the threads in your hose, the connector, and the faucet and see if they’re clean. If they’re layered with dirt, they may not get a good seal since the grit can prevent them from fully connecting with each other. Give the threads a good clean and see if they still leak or not.
Another step you can take is to wrap the threads with plumber’s tape, which you can easily buy from your local hardware store. The tape will help the threads have a better seal and keep leaks at bay.
Changing The Gasket
If you’ve cleaned and taped the threads but still notice a leak, the cause of the problem may be hose connector’s gasket. Leaks can happen if the gasket is missing or incorrectly installed or if it’s too old and worn out and no longer does its job right. With these in mind, check if the gasket is properly seated; if it’s not, make the necessary adjustments and see if it still leaks. If it does, it’s definitely the right time to replace it. Just find out what type of gasket your connector uses, buy a replacement from your favorite hardware, and install it in your connector.
If your connector uses a flat gasket, some experts say that it’s better to replace it with an O-ring instead of another flat one. It creates a better seal and helps you prevent leaks in the future.
Replacing The Hose End
You’ve installed a new gasket but the leak is still there. What to do now? Well, if this the case, the problem may lie in the hose end. Don’t worry since you can easily replace it; just head off to the hardware store and get a hose clamp and barb kit. Once you have it on hand, cut the end of your hose and attach the hose clamp to the new end. Lubricate the hose barb with some soap and push it into the hose end; once it’s securely in, connect the clamp to the barb and tighten it using a screwdriver.
Take these steps now to solve the leak in your garden hose connector!
You detect a nasty smell in your kitchen, so you check if it’s coming from your trash can or refrigerator. But these areas are clean and free from odor, so where is that bad smell coming from? Well, it could be from anywhere, but one of the first things that you should check is your garbage disposal.
That’s right: your disposal can emit a nasty odor when food particles stick to its blades or walls and stay there until they rot and get stinky. Fortunately, if this happens, don’t worry since there are several things you can do to get rid of the smell. Let this guide help you get started.
Getting the Smell Out of Your Garbage Disposal
You can always use chemicals to remove bad odor from your disposal but, if you’re concerned about the damage that these substances can do to the environment or if you’d like to save money, you can opt to use natural strategies. Here are some of the things you can use:
Salt and Ice Cubes Salt has a natural antibacterial action and can help disinfect your disposal. Ice, meanwhile, can help scrape food off the blades while sharpening them. Just throw a handful of ice cubes and a couple of tablespoons of salt into the disposal, grind them up for a few minutes, and wash them out with plenty of water.
Baking Soda and Vinegar You probably already know that this combo can remove clogs from your drain pipes, but did you know that you can use them to freshen up your disposal? That’s right: just pour around half a cup of baking soda down the drain and add a cup of vinegar right after. Wait for around ten minutes to let the two ingredients react and break down the sludge and grease in your machine. After ten minutes, pour lots of hot or even boiling water down the disposal to flush everything away.
Citrus Fruits What do you do with oranges, lemons, and limes that have rotted away in your fridge or in the fruit bowl? Well, you can dump them in the trash, but why not use them to disinfect and deodorize your garbage disposal? You can throw in the entire fruits or just their peels, and they’ll do a great job of removing the stink from your machine and giving your kitchen a nice citrus scent. Don’t forget to flush them down with plenty of water!
Ice, Citrus, and Vinegar Combo If you want to clean up your disposal in just one go, you can combine the methods above into one strategy. Chop up orange or lemon peels, place them in an ice cube tray, and pour vinegar into each cube. Put the tray in the freezer and, once it freezes up, take out the cubes and dunk them in your disposal. The ice and vinegar will clean and disinfect the blades and walls, while the fruit peels will give your machine a nice scent.
These are just some of the things you can use to remove the stink from your garbage disposal. Give them a try now to make your disposal clean and odor-free!
If the motor of your garbage disposal unit is humming but it’s not turning, then most likely it’s jammed. Maybe you didn’t notice a foreign object fall into the disposer or something fell in accidentally. Either way, one of the easiest ways to see if this truly is the cause of your disposal not spinning is to remove the object.
This post will teach you how to remove an object that is preventing your unit from spinning. But before that, there are some things you need to know.
A Few Important Reminders
Before you do anything related to troubleshooting on your disposer, make sure to put your safety first. The last thing you want is for an injury to occur when it could have been avoided in the first place. That said, here are some safety tips you need to keep in mind:
Never forget to turn off the power supply before you start checking on what may be wrong with your disposal unit.
In case you need to reset your disposer, always make sure that the power is off.
Doing these helps avoid problems down the road. Yes, you can fix garbage disposal problems on your own but it’s also best that nothing bad happens to you while doing so.
Fixing a Disposal That’s Not Spinning
Usually, your disposal unit comes with an Allen wrench. In case it didn’t come with it, make sure you get a set. Also, fixing your garbage disposal isn’t the only need for an Allen wrench; other fixes around the house might need the tool so it’s helpful to already have one in store just in case you need them.
All that said, here’s how to fix a disposal unit that’s not spinning:
Check the circuit breakers or fuses at the main electrical panel to make sure that there is electricity flowing to the garbage disposer. Do this when the problem is related to the disposer not spinning even when there is power.
Flip the wall switch of the disposer in case power isn’t restored to the disposer.
When you hear the motor of the dispenser humming, turn the switch off immediately then unplug the disposer.
Double check to make sure the disposer is really not plugged in. After that, find the recessed hex-shaped hole located at the bottom of the disposal unit. Insert the hex-head Allen wrench that came with the disposer into the hole.
Using the wrench, turn the motor of the disposer counterclockwise first. After that, turn it clockwise until you can dislodge the obstruction and the motor shaft can spin freely.
Remove the wrench and plug the disposer. Run water into the sink and turn on the disposer. If the object indeed was the cause of the unit not spinning, then your disposer should work fine after removing it.
In case there is no electricity to the disposer…
When there is no electricity to the disposer, reach inside the sink cabinet to press the thermal overload button which is located at the bottom of the disposer. But if doing this doesn’t restore power to your disposer, it’s best to call in a licensed electrician to help sort out the problem.
Try flipping the wall switch again. When you hear a hum from the motor, turn the switch off and unplug the dispenser.
Insert the Allen wrench into the hex-shaped hole then turn the shaft of the motor counterclockwise then clockwise until the object that is causing the obstruction is dislodged.
Remove the wrench then plug the dispenser back in. Run water into the sink then switch on the garbage disposal unit. If everything runs smoothly then the object obstructing was really the cause of the problem.
In case the garbage disposal unit is still jammed…
Here’s what you can do when your garbage disposal unit is still jammed:
Use a special garbage disposer wrench to turn the motor of the disposal unit.
Push the wrench down into the disposer then rotate it until its jaws lock onto the cutter wheel located inside the disposer.
Using force, turn the wrench in a counterclockwise direction then turn it clockwise until you’ve cleared the jam and the motor can spin freely.
Remove the wrench, plug the disposer back in and check to see if it’s functioning. If nothing happens, that’s when you will need to call in assistance from a professional. Maybe the problem with your unit is internal and something needs to be fixed or replaced entirely.
Avoiding Problems with Your Garbage Disposer
Yes, you may have bought a high-quality garbage disposal unit but that doesn’t mean it is problem free. Even the best brands suffer from minor setbacks occasionally, either because it wasn’t maintained the right way or something was accidentally thrown into the unit.
But problems other than longevity can easily be avoided if you know how to properly look after your disposal unit. Here are some things to avoid:
Refrain from grinding up potato peelings. These will form a starchy paste that is similar to mashed potatoes when they are ground up. As such, they will most likely clog your drain.
Never put coffee grounds or eggshells into your disposal unit. These items create very small granular waste which will stick to any sludge in the pipe. As a result, a clog will quickly be created.
Avoid throwing the following items into your disposer:
bottles and bottle caps
clam or oyster shells
These items are best disposed of in a trash bin or a trash compactor because they are waste materials.
Caring for your garbage disposal unit
Here are some tips on properly caring for your disposer:
When you’re not using your disposer, make sure to leave the stopper in the drain. This way, you can minimize the chances of foreign objects falling into your drain and getting stuck there.
Always make sure the disposer is empty before using the dishwasher. Doing so ensures that your disposal unit can drain properly.
Usually, there are two reasons why a leak causes a Mansfield toilet to run:
The water level is set too high.
The flush valve seal is damaged.
Then again, there are occasions when none of the two problems listed above are the cause of the problem. But before you call a professional for help, you can do some investigating on your own. This way, you can save both time and money because some issues are pretty simple to solve.
Understandably, many are worried about trying to fix a Mansfield toilet on their own because of its design. You see, the Mansfield flash valve is much different compared to other toilets. However, that shouldn’t scare you away from trying to fix what could just be a simple issue.
All that said, before you can start fixing a Mansfield toilet, you need to figure out what the problem really is. Here’s a guide to help you out:
The Water Level Is Too High
You can stop a leaking toilet by adjusting its water level, that’s if it’s set too high. But to know if the water level really is the issue, check if the toilet only leaks or runs after it have been flushed. If so, the problem may really lie with the water level being too high. You see, if the water level is higher than normal, the excess will overflow and go down the overflow tube which then ends up in the bowl. You will also hear a running sound.
If you’ve concluded that the issue is with the water level, here’s how you fix the problem:
Take note of where the water fills up to in the tank after you flush it.
Is the water above line? Is it overflowing and going down the overflow tube? If that’s the case, use a Phillips screwdriver to tighten the screw located on the opposite end of the float ball. Doing this lowers the water level.
Try and flush the toilet. Keep in mind that you might have to flush more than once in order to get the water to the right level. To make sure you do less tries, tighten the screw a few extra turns but make sure not to make it too tight. The more the screw gets tightened, the lower the water level gets.
In case the tank gets refilled and the water is below the line, slowly loosen the screw which will cause the water level to rise.
The Flush Valve Seal Is Damaged
A damaged valve seal is one other common cause for a leaky or running Mansfield toilet. In case you’ve tried fixing the water levels and the leaks or runs still remains, then you will need to disassemble the flush valve float.
But before you proceed with disassembling, make sure you have shut the water off to the toilet. This part is crucial because failure to do so will result in things getting really wet, and this is the last thing you want to happen. To turn off the valve, turn it all the way to the right. When the water is shut off, flush the toilet so that you’re working with an empty tank.
After you have taken apart the flush valve float, you will see a red seal located at the bottom of the tank. The purpose of the seal is to stop leaks from the tank into the bowl. So when this seal is damaged, it can be the reason why your toilet is running or leaking.
Now, you will need to pull the seal off in order to replace the valve. Keep in mind that this might be a little bit brittle, particularly if you’re working with an older toilet. Then again, if you intend on replacing the seal then you don’t have to worry about damaging the seal. The seal might be difficult to take off and you might need to really give it a good pull so it stretches out of its groove.
While replacing the seal is not that difficult, you do need to make sure you put the seal back in its correct spot. Take note that there are two grooves located at the bottom where the seal is. It’s important that you get the seal in the top groove. Keep in mind that it might take a few tries before you successfully get it in the right spot.
If you’re not sure which groove you’re in, use your fingernail (if you have a long one) or a butter knife to feel around. This way, you can see if there is another groove located above where your seal is.
In case you’re having ha hard time getting the seal into place, especially in the area nearest the tank, try to get the seal into the proper groove then gently pull it the left and right. If the seal is in the groove then it will slide along and then you can use the same accessible spot to get the seal in the right place.
When you finally get the seal replaced, your toilet should stop running. In case the problem is still present, you can try the third solution which is detailed below.
The Float Valve Is Damaged
If you’ve performed the previous two solutions and still have a leaky or running toilet, then maybe the problem is with a damaged float valve. For instance, the valve may have a small hole which is causing all the problems.
When you take out the float valve, make sure to visually inspect it for any issues. This way, you immediately know that you need to replace your valve rather than go through any other trouble. If you spot holes or any other issues, get a flush valve float replacement and do the steps outlined in the previous section. Doing so should fix your leaky or running toilet. However, if that still isn’t the case, then you need to call a professional for assistance.
One of the common plumbing problems of home owners is a leaky or dripping bathtub faucet. Overtime, this can happen especially if the fittings are already old and worn out. Even if you turn the faucet tight, it is still leaking. Cranking it several times and pressing it does not solve the problem either. With some do-it-yourself skills, though, you can fix a dripping bathtub faucet easily.
Set of Channel Locks or Vise Grip
Step 1: Turn the water supply off that goes to the bathroom and open both the hot and cold valves to drain out the remaining water from the pipe.
Step 2: Take the faucet apart by first getting the screwdriver to pop open the top of the knob to expose the screws. Once the screws are visible, disconnect the handle from the wall. If it has been awhile since the faucet has been replaced, it is possible that corrosion has already set in and will make it hard to remove it from the wall. If this is the case, you can use a hand dryer to loosen the handle. This will prevent you from forcing to pull the handle which can lead to damage.
Step 3: After the screws have been removed, follow this by removing the trims of the faucet, including the collar to expose the cartridge. This is what controls the flow of water. With the use of the set of channel locks, grip the cartridge and turn it counter clockwise to pop it off.
Step 4: Once the cartridge is removed, you need to get to the seat of the pipe and remove it by using a specialized tool called seat wrench. Insert the wrench into the opening to get the seat and unscrew it just like what you did when you removed the cartridge, turning the wrench counter-clockwise.
Step 5: Check for the extent of damage on the cartridge and the seat. The cartridge is the piece at the front and is connected to the seat. Over time, these two can be damaged which can cause the water to leak. If you see a gap on the seat and corrosion on the cartridge, you need to replace both to fix the problem.
Step 6: Since there are several parts available in the hardware store and there are several faucet brands and models, it is best to bring the parts that need to be replaced when you buy the new parts.
Step 7: Prepare the new cartridge and seat by getting an ample portion of Teflon tape and wrap it around the thread to ensure you will have a water-tight seal with metal on metal. Put the new seat on top of the seat wrench and screw it in, just the reverse of what you did when you removed the seat earlier.
Step 8: Insert the new cartridge onto the seat. Torque it down with the vise grip. Afterwards, get the collar and the collar holder, put them both back on and screw them in.
Get the knob and let it fit right on the thread of the cartridge and get the screw and tighten it. Put back the cover on top of the faucet.
Step 9: Turn on the water supply to check if the problem has been fixed.
A GE garbage disposal unit is built to last a long time. However, this doesn’t mean it isn’t prone to problems. Whether the issue was caused accidentally or something malfunctioned, what’s important is you know how to fix it and you understand what you can’t do with the unit. Knowing these things helps you avoid further trouble down the road.
Then again, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t call for assistance whenever there is a problem with your disposal unit. Again, there are troubles that can be solved by you alone. But when you’ve done everything you can and the issue still persists, then that’s the time you need to call for professional help.
All that said, this post will take a look at some of the common issues with GE garbage disposals and how you can fix them. But before that, here are some safety tips:
Keeping Safe While Troubleshooting
Your safety should be your primary concern when checking what may be wrong with your disposal unit. Here are some safety tips to follow:
Always disconnect the power supply before you investigate what’s troubling your garbage disposal.
Before resetting your unit, always make sure to disconnect the power supply first.
Troubleshooting Your GE Garbage Disposal
You hear loud noises (other than the normal grinding sounds).
Your garbage disposal is naturally noisy, particularly when grinding bones and fruit pits. However, when you notice something off with the sound, something might have slipped into the unit without you noticing. Be it silverware, a bottle cap or any other foreign object, you will hear loud noises when these fall into the disposer.
To check whether the loud noise you’re hearing was really caused by a foreign object falling into the unit, follow these steps:
Remove the splash guard.
Check to see if there is an object.
If there is, remove the object using long-handled tongs.
Replace the splash guard.
Your disposer doesn’t start.
There are two possible reasons for this happening: either the reset button has been tripped or the turntable cannot rotate. Here’s how you fix the problem when you encounter either issue:
The reset button has been tripped.
If the reset button has been tripped, do the following:
Remove the splash guard.
Use a broom handle to see if the turntable can move freely.
If the turntable can move freely, replace the splash guard then check whether the reset button has been tripped or not. The reset button is that red button located opposite the discharge elbow near the bottom of the disposer.
Push the reset button in and wait until it clicks and remains depressed.
In case the reset button has not been tripped, do the following:
Check for a shorted or broken wire connecting to the disposer. Check everything – the electrical power switch, the fuse box or the circuit breaker. After checking all these and concluding that no wiring and electrical components are shorted or broken, your disposal unit may have internal problems that can only be remedied by service or having parts replaced.
The turntable cannot rotate.
If the turntable isn’t able to rotate, do the following:
Check to see if there is an object lodged between the turntable and the grind ring. This is usually one of the most common reasons why the turntable won’t rotate.
If there is an object, dislodge it from the turntable using a broom handle. Remove the object after that.
But if you find that there is no object present, then your unit must have some internal problems. You can call for professionals to come and check your unit and they can advice you on what needs to be done to get it fixed.
Your disposer leaks.
If the leak is at the top, here are the possible causes:
The sink flange is not properly seated.
The support ring is not tightened properly.
The cushion mount is defective.
In case the leak is at the discharge elbow, it may be caused by the improper tightening of elbow flange screws. Try to tighten the screws again and see if the problem still persists. If it does, call for assistance.
Avoiding GE Garbage Disposal Problems
Problems are unavoidable, particularly when it comes to devices. But you can always minimize the trouble by caring for your unit and making sure you’re operating it according to instructions. All that said, here’s how you can avoid issues with your GE garbage disposal unit:
Make sure you’re operating your unit properly.
Make sure the disposer is empty before you use the dishwasher. Doing this ensures that the unit can drain properly.
Leave the stopper in the drain when it’s not in use. Practicing this avoids any foreign objects from accidentally falling into the disposer.
Know which items you can throw into your disposer. GE builds their products to give you many years of service (trouble-free service even). And while GE garbage disposal units can handle normal food wastes, there are some items you shouldn’t dump in the unit and these include:
bottles and bottle caps
clam or oyster shells
All the items listed above are considered waste materials and they should be thrown in the trash can or a trash compactor.
Make sure you maintain and care for your unit.
The motor of a GE garbage disposer is lubricated for life. As such, you shouldn’t attempt to lubricate your disposer. In addition, a GE disposer is self cleaning and will scour itself with every use. All that said, here are more ways to maintain and care for your unit:
Don’t ever put lye or chemical cleaners into the disposer as this will lead to serious corrosion of the metal parts.
A GE garbage disposal, except for the Batch Feed model, is equipped with a removable splash guard so it’s easy to clean or replace. The proper way to remove the splash guard is to pull it out from the top. To replace it, insert the splash guard into the sink flange then push it down until it is properly seated.
Run orange or lemon rinds through the disposer in case any odor develops. Alternatively, you can pour down a dozen ice cubes sprinkled with household scouring powder.
The spinning blades of a garbage disposal system is responsible for chewing up and breaking down into small pieces allowing it to flow through the drain pipes under the sink. Then again, even the most durable and powerful garbage disposal system is prone to clogging up, especially when tough, sinewy food thrown down. When problems occur, it can cause your disposal to not properly drain which leads to your sink clogging up.
When this kind of problem occurs, your first instinct might be to call for a plumber. But before you do, try to do some measures by yourself. This way, you can avoid spending money for something that can fixed by simply resetting the disposal.
The Possible Causes Why Garbage Disposals Don’t Drain
Before you can fix the problem with your disposal, it’s best to determine what the cause might be. This way, you can gauge whether you really need to call for a plumber or do the work yourself. That said, here’s a look at the common problems for disposals that don’t drain:
A foreign object was dropped into the disposal. Be it a spoon, fork or any other object, your disposal will have a hard time processing that. As such, it can lead to clogs which then cause the system not to drain.
Garbage was fed to the disposal rapidly. Dropping waste without intermission can cause issues for your disposal. So apply the virtue of patience when working the disposal. This way, you won’t run into frequent trouble.
Not enough water was run through the disposal when garbage was being dumped into it. You need to run water through the disposal when throwing waste because it helps flush the drainpipes. Not having sufficient water may cause clogs and therefore lead your disposal to not drain.
The good thing about a disposal that won’t drain is that it can be fixed by yourself alone. But if performing all the steps listed in this article doesn’t solve the issue, you need to call in a plumber to assess the situation. You might be dealing with a problem that’s much worse.
Fixing a Garbage Disposal that Won’t Drain
Before you fix your garbage disposal, make sure you perform some safety precautions, and these include:
Don’t put your bare hands into the garbage disposal unit.
Turn off all the switches and breakers before you start working on your disposal unit.
After making sure you’ve done all the safety precautions, here’s how you can fix your disposal unit that’s not draining:
Make sure that you’ve unplugged the disposal.
Remove everything that’s located under your sink.
Find the garbage disposal then remove the drain line.
Look into the hole to see whether there is an object that is causing the clog.
Find the plumbing line before the “trap.” This is the sideways “T” line which needs to be taken out. Remove it by unscrewing the plumbing.
Take a look inside the “T” to see if there is an object that is jammed or clogged in it.
If there is clogged food inside, use a garden hose to flush the clogged food inside the “T” plumbing. Don’t use your faucet because this will cause a leak.
Put the plumbing lines back into place after you’ve made sure all the clogs have been removed.
Run water in the sink faucet and run the disposal once you have everything back in place. Doing this ensures that there are no clogs and your disposal should function normally.
Although products like the Delta shower faucet are manufactured for quality and durability, that doesn’t mean they are not prone to problems. A leaking shower faucet is normal and often times, the issue can be addressed without asking for assistance from a professional. But to determine whether the problem can be fixed by yourself alone or you need to call an expert, it’s best to know the reasons why shower faucets leak.
Dripping Shower Faucet: Probable Causes
Anything that is used on a regular basis is prone to experience certain problems, no matter how well they were manufactured. After all, fixtures need changing over time. Their longevity is determined by how well you actually maintain and care for them. That said, here’s a look at the common causes of a dripping shower faucet:
The nuts might be loose. When you notice a leak around the nut area or at the base of the handle, there’s a good chance that a loose nut is the reason why your shower faucet is dripping.
The washer is worn out.
The washer is not installed properly.
The washer is not the right size.
The washer is of poor quality.
When issues such as those listed above happen, the problem is not that hard to fix. In fact, you can do it yourself.
Fixing a Dripping Shower Faucet
The great thing about the variety of choices when it comes to bathroom fixtures these days is you can pick one which you feel best suits your bathroom. But when a leak occurs, you need to find the screw that holds the handle. And this can be a tricky tasks given the different designs of shower faucets.
Here’s a guide:
Turn off the main water shutoff valve so that water is cut off from the faucet. Open the faucet so water pressure is relieved.
Find the screw connecting the handle to the faucet system. This is usually found behind the faucet lever or beneath it. If you can’t find one, it might be placed under a cap.
Use a Phillips screwdriver or an Allen wrench to remove the screw. Remove the handle then take out the temperature-limiting disk if you find one.
Use needle-nose pliers to remove the retaining pin holding the cartridge.
Use pliers to grip the valve system then pull the cartridge out.
Examine the cartridge closely to see if it’s full of mineral deposits. If so, soak this overnight in white vinegar so the mineral dissolves. The deposits prevent the cartridge from sealing out water which then results in leaks. But you will need to replace the cartridge if you find pitting or cracking.
Use a utility knife to cut the old O-rings off the cartridge. Replace these with new ones and use plumber’s grease on the new washers so sliding them on wouldn’t be too hard.
Use a flat-head screwdriver to remove the rubber gaskets from the valve seats inside the valve housing. Replace these with new ones.
Push the new cartridge as far as it will go then replace the pin or screw on the collar. Reset the temperature limiter then replace the handle and cap.
A leaky faucet can be both irritating and costly, because aside from the annoying drip, drip, drip, it can wastes gallons of water every week. If your Moen faucet is giving you a problem, here are some tips to help you fix the problem quick.
Check To See Which Handle Has a Bad Seal.
If your Moen faucet has two handles, determine which one has a bad seal. Is it the left handle or the right handle? Begin by testing the left side first, or whichever you prefer.
Now, to test the left handle’s seal, turn the water off to the right handle. You should be able to find two shutoff valves under your sink. These valves connect the water lines to each faucet handle. Turn of the right handle’s shutoff valve, and then turn on the right handle at the sink to release the remaining water that’s in it. After which, check the faucet for any leaks. If there are leaks, this indicates that the left handle’s seal has a problem.
If there are no leaks, repeat the whole process. Turn off the left shutoff valve and turn on the left handle to release the remaining water. Check for any leaks. If there are leaks, the seal in the left handle could use a fix.
Dismantle The Problematic Handle And Fix The Seal.
Taking apart the faucet is no fun, especially if you’re not too savvy at it. For beginners, we suggest that you take pictures of the faucet during the dismantling process, so you’ll know how to put everything back together.
Follow these steps:
1. Unscrew the base of the faucet handle. You can do this with bare hands most of the time.
2. Removing the base will expose the brass nut holding the cartridge in place. Use a pair of channel locks to loosen the nut. Using the tool, turn the nut left until it loosens.
3. Once you have unscrewed the nuts, pull the cartridge straight up from the faucet. You can use the channel locks to this. Make sure you pay attention to the position of the cartridge stem, because you will have to put the replacement in the same position. So, take a picture if you must.
4. Take the cartridge to the hardware store or, better yet, call your Moen faucet supplier for replacement.
5. Once you have your Moen replacement cartridge on hand, simply install it into the faucet. Refer to the picture you’ve taken to get it in the right position. After which, refasten the brass nut that secures the cartridge.
6. Before reattaching the faucet handle, make sure the nut is tight enough to keep the water from leaking. A good way to check this is to turn on the shutoff valve to the faucet handle to see that the water doesn’t leak anymore.
7. When the replacement cartridge is in place and the nut tightened, you can now put on the faucet handle. Again, use your handle to refasten the handle. Using the channel locks on it may cause scratches or deform its shape.
Once done, turn on both shutoff valves. There should be no more water dripping from the faucet and no more wastage of precious natural resource after this.