Diagnosing Faucet Problems in Your Bathroom

Examination of the Symptoms

Diagnosing faucet problems in your bathroom is easy once you understand that no matter what type of bath fixture you have, faucets are designed to do just one thing and that is to control the flow of water coming into your bathing space.

When sizing up potential tap issues in your lavatory, the other thing you must realize is that all faucets have some type of valve mechanism along with other moving parts that must be sealed to prevent your fixture from leaking.

So besides occasionally cleaning out built-up mineral deposits, the major cause of maintenance difficulty in your bathroom will be the replacement of seals and valve components that have worn out or lost their resiliency over time.

When trying to figure out what is wrong, homeowners are either looking to replace or repair their existing bathtub spigot or sink tap fixtures. The four major types of models are disc, ball, cartridge and stem water regulators.

On stem faucets, the most prevalent issue is the washer wearing out. For ball, cartridge and disc taps, if they leak, the predicament is usually due failure in the washer or cartridge.

It’s usually a good idea when you purchase a new bath fixture to keep the pull apart diagrams the normally come with your faucet model showing how the product was assembled. These schematics will come in handy if you have to diagnose any future problems with the accessory.

If you didn’t purchase your washroom spigot yourself, you may get lucky by searching the manufacturer’s website to find a break down schematic you can use when repairing your leaky fixture. You can purchase your replacement parts at most well-stocked home hardware or home improvement stores in your area.

Below you will find common bathroom faucet problems, use the problem-solving information to diagnose the issues you are facing so you can determine whether you have to repair or replace the leaky water-tap in your bathroom:

If your water flow seems unnaturally slow, the likely cause is the aerator, or your faucet filter screen may be plugged. The solution for restricted water flow on your mixer is to replace or clean the filter screen.

A leak at the spout may indicate that the washer has become brittle (hard), somehow damaged or is just simply old and worn out. The solution to a leak problem at the spout is to replace the seal or the washer.

Fixing Stopper Issues

When your stopper allows water to drain when it is closed, this could mean that the drain or valve is damaged. The solution to this regulator issue is to smooth it out or replace the valve. The other possible causes are the lifter is misadjusted, or it could simply mean that the pop-up valve is dirty.

If it is the lifter, then readjust, so it closes properly. If the problem is a dirty pop-up valve, then clean it to make sure all parts are functioning freely.

If your stopper lever leaks, this could mean you have a loose lever nut so tighten the nut. Another possible cause for your stopper lever leaking is defective packing which means you have to replace the packing. Let’s not rule out a damaged or worn pivot ball because this can also happen. The solution here would be to replace the packing and ball.

A leak at your water-taps swivel spout indicates that the o-ring has become hard, worn or is damaged, in which case the O-ring must be replaced.

When it comes to a loose faucet, it could be one of three complications. The first thing to look at would be to look and see if your fixture has a loose shank nut and tighten it. Or you could check to see if your faucet has a damaged rubber or metal shank washer, at which time, the washer will need to be replaced.

Worn Parts

When diagnosing bathroom water regulator problems, a leak at the faucet lever or knob indicated that the o-ring or stem packing has become hard, worn or damaged and the solution to this dilemma would be to replace the o-ring or packing.

If after examining your twin-faucet knobs you noticed they are misaligned, this predicament generally means that your seals are worn or you installed the incorrect assembly, in which case you need to remove the knobs and either align or replace the fixture parts.

Supply Line Headaches

A leak in your supply line could mean a damaged slip-joint washer or a loose nut, so the solution to this faucet problem is either replace the washer or tighten the nut.

If you have a hose attached to your bathroom faucet and you notice that the water flow in your hose is cut severely, the first thing you should do is check your aerator or nozzle to make sure they are not plugged, if so clean or replace.

There could also be a kink in the hose restricting the flow. Also, check to make sure you don’t have a defective diverter valve that needs to be replaced.

Hopefully, this small chart will help you diagnose any faucet problems you may encounter in your bathroom and if all fails, well maybe it’s time to replace that old out-dated faucet anyway to spruce up your loo.