Troubleshooting a Vessel Sink Faucet
A vessel sink faucet is often a very delicate version of other faucets on more standardized sinks. You'll find that the vessel sink faucet is often smaller or more compact. Though the mechanics are the same, they can be harder to work with. Many parts in a vessel sink faucet have to be special ordered. The same things that go wrong in a normal faucet can go wrong in a vessel sink faucet. This article will help you troubleshoot your vessel sink faucet.
Assess the Problem
There are few problems that can arise with a vessel sink faucet. Determining that is happening can lead you to the solution. If the faucet is dripping long after it has been shut off, then you will need to look in two places, starting with the nozzle and ending with the knobs. If you have discovered that the sink is leaking from below the sink. then that can be caused by calcium that has built up and clogged the faucet. If the leak is coming from the knobs, then the problem will be inside the knob where the water is coming from.
When you turn the water on at the faucet and it begins to trickle from the knob, then you most likely either have a worn cartridge, stripped threads or worn rubber gaskets. Turn the water off from under the sink by turning the valves to the left. Turn on the faucet to drain the water from the pipes. You can then twist off the knobs as you would remove a screw. Once the knob is off, you can remove the pieces to remove the cartridge. Check the rubber washers for erosion and dry rot and replace them with new ones.
There is nothing more annoying than a vessel sink faucet that continuously drips. This can be caused by a knob that does not close completely. Remove the knob and replace the rubber washers. This will help to stop the dripping unless the threads are stripped, in which case you will need to replace the knobs. Another possibility is that the washer inside the faucet is rusted or the rubber washer is rotting. Remove the cap of the nozzle by unscrewing it. The metal mesh will be seated inside the cap, and the rubber washer will be attached to the threads. Replace them with new ones that can be found at any store that sells plumbing supplies.
Tightening the Screws
One of the easiest fixes you can do to a vessel sink faucet is to tighten the screws that are hidden inside the faucet head. These screws can become loose when the water is turned on over and over again, as the vibrations can shake them loose. Use a small knife to pry off the plastic cover on the faucet (it looks like a logo). Once removed, you can see several small holes, and inside the holes are screws. Use the screwdriver or Allen wrench inside the hole to tighten it by turning it to the right.