A leaky faucet isn’t just frustrating, it can lead to costly water damage. If you have a two-handled ceramic disk faucet, the disk inside can often be the cause of the leak. Replacing this single part can save you from unnecessarily replacing your entire faucet. Repairing a ceramic disk faucet is surprisingly easy, inexpensive and takes just fifteen minutes to an hour. Here’s what you’ll need for this DIY project:
TOOLS & MATERIALS
- Adjustable Wrench
- Tongue & Groove Pliers
- Needle-nose Pliers
- Faucet Repair Parts
When taking on this DIY task, be sure to equip yourself with the proper safety gear.
Locate the Leak. Turn off the water supply to the faucet, one line at a time. If the leak doesn’t stop after the first valve is off, the other line contains the leak. Once you’ve determined which line is responsible for the leak, turn off both valves.
Disassemble Faucet. Release any remaining water in the faucet by turning on the handles as far they’ll go. Close the drain and place a rag in the sink to protect it from scratches and prevent parts from falling down the drain. Remove the aerator and check it for damage. Loosen each set screw and remove faucet handles. Unscrew the retainer nut or mounting screw and pull out the disk cylinder.
Replace Cylinder. Set the new disk cylinder in place and reassemble the faucet. Turn the handles to the on position and slowly turn the water supply lines back on.
Your repair is complete!