Whenever plumbing problems at home goes wrong, it may cost a fortune if you need to hire a professional to fix it. But sometimes the problem is not big as it seems. Loose kitchen faucet is one of these problems that require frequent maintenance but has really easy solution.
Loose faucets may be annoying or disturbing at first, but it can also damage pipelines if it gets worse. So you better take a move on fixing it since they wear out over time.
Causes of Loose Faucet:
Loose faucet makes squeaking noises that can be irksome. It looseness actually mess up with your ability to effectively turn it on and off.
- The screws that secure the faucet pipes under the sink base may loose or twist.
- The faucet handle that pivot in center of the base may lead to wobbly of faucet base due to excessive use that mostly result in leaks.
- There is a O ring small disc that hold faucet handle in place. Its frequently use also loose O rings.
What tools you’ll need?
Following are the tools which you require to complete the project.
- Hex wrench
- Masking tape
- Pipe wrench
Steps You Need to Follow:
The faucet handle might loosen due to frequent use. This could cause leakage as well as disturb the ability to turn the faucet on and off easily. Here is the complete guide how to tighten a single handle kitchen faucet.
1. Before you start, ensure that you remove anything from under the sink that could hinder the access to underneath the sink.
2. Next, turn off the two water valves to stop water supply. It will safe you getting soaked if the pipe burst or anything else goes wrong while tightening the nut.
3. Examine the handle. Some of the faucet are secured by set screw with the help of hex head located at the base of the handle. To do this use screwdriver. If you could not find it you need to pop off the decorative cap in the handle. Remove them with the help of wrench and put off the handle.
4. Once you remove the handle the hex head set screw will be visible. Now tighten the setscrew located under the cap, clockwise to tighten the handle. But tightening the handle depends on the faucet you have. Repairing is not safer so its better to replace it.
5. Once you have done, make sure it no longer moves. If it is firmly fixed in the place, you are supposed to put everything back how it was.
6. Put the decorative cap back over the opening when the handle is tight. Turn the water supply valves back on clockwise to start flow to the faucet and you have done.
As you follow the above steps and see how easy is to tightening a kitchen faucet job just about anyone can do. As long as you have basic information and some tools.