A laundry faucet may require replacement when, even with the valves closed, it keeps dripping. With your plumbing tools, you can easily undertake the job and save the money you would spend paying a professional. However, following certain cautious steps are necessary to ensure you don’t suffer from leakages or loose fittings only days after you undertake the project.
Step 1: Turn Off Water Supply
Turn off water supply to the faucet before you initiate your work. If the individual supply to the faucet cannot be controlled, turn off the main water supply to the house until you are finished with the job.
Step 2: Remove the Old Faucet
Locate the supply pipes below the laundry tub that supply the water from the connections in the wall to the faucet. Ensuring that the valve is off, use a wrench to loosen the screws of the pipes from the upper end where they are attached to the faucet. Place an empty bucket beneath the pipes to drain any water that the pipes may be holding. Check the rubber seal on the end of the pipe that screws on to the faucet. If the seal is really old, change it to avoid leakages. Now, with the aid of wrench, unscrew the bolts holding the faucet and remove the old faucet from the top of the tub. Use a piece of cloth to clean the hole of dirt that may have accumulated over the years.
Step 3: Fit the New Faucet
Get the new faucet and lower it on to the hole revealed from removing the previous faucet. Although the size of the new faucet can vary, make sure that the diameter of its shank is the same as the previous faucet. A faucet with a different shank size may not fit in the hole in the tub that was used earlier by the previous faucet. In addition, a single handled faucet may be replaced by a similar faucet, and a double handled faucet’s replacement should also be sought in the identical design. Adjust the faucet in its position and proceed to make the water connection under the tub. Screw a washer onto the faucet shank visible from under the tub. Ensuring that the washer is held there, wind the tape around the shank so that a thick web of tape is formed. Take the end of the pipe that you unscrewed earlier and screw its end onto the threaded shank. A layer of tape would fill in the gaps left after tightening and discourage leakage.
Step 4: Let the Water Run through the Faucet
Turn on the water supply to the faucet and allow the water to run through for a couple of minutes. While the water runs through the tap, check under the laundry tub for any leakages. If you detect drippings from any joint, close the valve again and check the tightness of the joint.