Usually in the darker part of the night you hear it, sounds like a baby crying or worse yet, like someone stepped on the cat. After stumbling around the house trying to locate the noise, you decide a drink of water sounds good and then you discover the source of the noise....it is your faucet making the unearthly racket!
In all likelihood, it is the washer that needs replacing, either it’s the wrong size or isn’t secured to the stem.
As with any repair plumbing job, the first step is turn OFF the water.
- Crescent wrench
- Flat-head screwdriver
- Phillips screwdriver
- Adjuctable pliers
- Needle-nost pliers
- Steel wool
Reinstall the tap stem, packing nut, handle, screw, and cap. Reassembling the tap is the same as disassembling it, only in reverse. So insert the tap stem into the tap seat. Tighten the packing nut with the crescent wrench making sure it is snug. Place the handle over the tap stem and tighten the screw with your screwdriver. Press the cap over the screw till it snaps into place.
If the faucet still is noisy then check the washer seat which can become closed with residue and the limited water flow makes that sound.
- The seat can become partially closed with residue, and the restricted water flow can cause whistling or chattering. If this is the case, clean the seat.
- A squealing noise heard when you turn the faucet handle means the metal threads of the stem are binding against the faucet's threads.
- Remove the stem, and coat both sets of threads with petroleum jelly. The lubrication should stop the noise and make the handle easier to turn.
When you have questions concerning any of your plumbing issues the professionals at Jersey Plumbing are always there for you.