Kitchen faucets, depending on their make, can be sturdy and durable. But after some time, it will get prone to congestion due to the accumulated deposits. The water will have a hard time to flow out from the faucet. The pressure of the water will force it to exit from different weak spots of the pipeline and hence will cause leaks.
This problem can be temporarily resolved by sealing the leaking pipe. But ultimately, the resolution to this problem is replacing the faucet spout. To do this, simply follow the steps below.
- Materials that you will need:
- Flathead screwdriver
- Philips screwdriver
- New spout as replacement
- Prepare all of the materials. The tools needed for this project are common and inexpensive. Check your toolbox if you already have these available. Otherwise, go to the nearest hardware store to purchase the missing tools. Choose a heavy duty spout to purchase if your budget permits.
- Turn off the main water valve. Before you work on the water system, make sure that the main water source is closed. As an alternative, you can concentrate cutting the water source for the sink only. A valve is normally found under the sink. Turn the valve in clockwise direction to turn it off.
- Remove the cap found on crown of the faucet’s handle. Use a flathead screwdriver for this. Once removed, it will expose the handle screw. Remove the faucet handle screw using a Philips screwdriver. Continue to turn the screw until you can take it off completely.
- Take off the faucet handle. As soon as you have removed the handle screw, you can now remove the handle to see the retaining nut.
- Remove the retaining nut. Use a pair of pliers to grab the retaining nut. Turn the pliers until the nut is completely removed. Now, haul up the faucet spout and take it away from the rest of the faucet’s body.
- Put the new faucet in place. Position the new faucet spout by inserting it over the body of the faucet. Twist the spout a bit to the side. Reattach the retaining nut and use the pliers to tighten it.
- Place the faucet handle and screw. After the retaining nut is fastened and secured, position the faucet handle over the spout. Then, set up the handle screw on top of the handle. Use a Philips head screwdriver for this.
- Put the cap back in. Insert the handle cap back on top of the faucet handle. Just push the cap down and it will be fastened in place.
- Turn the water source back on. To test if your newly installed faucet spout is working, turn on the water valve by turning it counterclockwise. Turn the faucet handle as well. The water should flow effortlessly from the faucet.
You do not need a professional plumber for this project. It is a very simple task to do and it does not require much of your time. Doing the replacement of the faucet spout, you will definitely be able to save a couple of dollars.