Kunti Aliah. sink & faucet. June 28th , 2017.
Faucets on sinks are of four types: cartridge, compression, ball, and ceramic disk. Compression faucets have rubber washers which secure the valve. Since these washers wear out easily, they need to be replaced. All the other types do not have rubber washers, but are likely to develop leaks after being used for a while. You will have to either replace the entire assembly or just the O-ring in such cases.
After the handle is removed, the valve stem should be unscrewed from the faucet. A wrench can be used for this purpose, and the nut--which is hexagonal in shape, should be removed by turning the wrench in the counterclockwise direction.
For more heavy builds, clean the kitchen sink with baking soda. Pour 1 teaspoon of it down the drain and then cup of lemon juice. Alternately, vinegar can also be used. Let this solution sit for 30 minutes. After which, run hot water through the sink.
We will take a look at all these possible factors one by one. First inspect the valve. If you find it slightly loose, try tightening it with the help of pliers. Re-attach the handle, screw it in and test the faucet. If the leakage has stopped, your job is done, else move on to the next step.
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