Leaky faucets can be really annoying. This is the kind of problem that can go on for several days or even weeks before it bothers you enough to do something about it. Fortunately, it's not too hard to fix a leaky faucet on your own.
There are several minor problems that can cause a leaky faucet. You may already have tried to replace the washer, as this is quite a common cause of a leaky faucet. If you haven't tried this, you may wish to read this article about how to replace your washer to fix your leaky faucet. Now, if fixing the washer didn't solve the problem of your leaky faucet, what else could be causing the problem?
Well, another common cause for a leaky faucet is a problem with the faucet valve seat. This article will explain how this problem occurs and exactly how you can fix it on your own. Don't worry, you don't need to be a handy person or know anything about plumbing - you'll just need some tools and a willingness to follow simple directions.
How Does a Bad Faucet Seat Occur?
  • Sometimes, you get a defective washer that lets the metal stem of the faucet actually rub against the seat. This will make the seat uneven.
  • Another possibility is that chemicals in the water can cause a build-up of residue. This residue build-up may eventually stop the washer from fitting snugly against the valve seat.
How Can I Easily Repair a Bad Faucet Seat?
Well, one option is to replace the entire faucet. I wouldn't recommend this unless you absolutely have to, or unless you've been thinking about upgrading your bathroom fixtures anyway. The reason I say this is simply because replacing the entire faucet is a bit of a bigger job. But it's still quite straightforward and fairly easy to do yourself, so if you do decide to replace your faucet, make sure you read this article on how to replace your faucet.
Now, if you don't want to or don't have to replace the faucet, you can often just replace the valve seat and this will fix your leaky faucet right away.
What Tools Do I Need to Replace the Valve Seat?
You know you should always use the right tool for the job. If you are the kind of person who loves to buy a new tool for every little task, you will love this job. You need a very specialized tool called a seat wrench. You can run down to the hardware store, but if you want to save money on your seat wrench you're better off ordering it online. There are places to buy a seat wrench online for cheap. Just do some research to find the best deal on a seat wrench.
How to Replace My Valve Seat
  1. Insert the seat wrench into the seat.
  2. Turn the seat wrench counterclockwise.
  3. Remove the old valve seat
  4. Install the new valve seat. Be sure it matches the old one; it should be the same size and kind.
What If My Valve Seat is Impossible to Remove?
Sometimes you simply cannot remove the valve seat. In this case, you can buy a new seat sleeve. This special sleeve will slide nicely into place in the old seat. It gives you a tight seal there, the same as if you had a new properly fitting valve seat. This is a perfectly good fix in case you are unable to install a new valve seat.