Slow drip from bathroom sink

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  1. Sep 9, 2018 #1

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    I don’t really know anything about plumbing but would be willing to learn if I don’t do more harm than good.

    Our bathroom sink in our townhome is dripping very slowly... about a drop every 30 seconds. Any idea where to start? It has been for maybe a year.
     
  2. Sep 9, 2018 #2

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    Is your faucet two handles (one for hot one for cold) or single handle? Do you know what brand? If possible, post a picture.
     
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    I would suggest looking for an on-line video(like on YouTube) that does a pretty good job of showing as well as procedures typically required to fix it.
    You should try to find the name of you faucet to help matching it to either a video and/or replacement parts.
    Many are very commonly design but they do vary somewhat. I'll attach a link to a video that show rebuilding a Delta faucet.
    They are not all like that. But if you can find a rebuilding kit made for your facet, that would be one way of doing it.
    The other is to replace the cartridge, which is the entire plastic piece together with whatever sealing o-rings already assembled.

    In my case I always buy faucets that come with a lifetime warranty. So whenever it starts dripping I just call them up and they send me replacement cartridges free of charge. I've been doing this for quite some time now.:D

    Here's the link I mention for the Delta faucet. Gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect.

    EDIT: Of course, if it's a one handle, (As @jeffmattero76 asked) it would be a bit different but I sure you could find a video on it.
     
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    61869B0F-41EF-4FF4-B0D3-4D2A48C90306.jpeg 6CC1FC40-6B44-4AC7-985C-6B39D41DEC35.jpeg 61869B0F-41EF-4FF4-B0D3-4D2A48C90306.jpeg 6CC1FC40-6B44-4AC7-985C-6B39D41DEC35.jpeg Thank you for your replies. I guess I didn’t have my notifications set correctly and I’m just now seeing them.

    Attached is a picture of the delta faucet.

    The second pictures shows the head of the faucet is a bit tilted. The right side where the water comes out goes into neck of the faucet. Is that likely the culprit?
     
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    Thank you for your reply - I don’t see a video link to click on
     
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    Thank you for replying. It’s two handles and the brand is delta. I posted two pictures below but if there would be a better vantage point for a picture I’ll lost more.
     
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    that's an easy fix get delta catridges and a pair of seats and springs im sure there is a uy=tube video if you cant find one I will explain...
     
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    Sorry...
    Here's one of many videos accessible on YouTube. It may not be the best but I suggest you review a few of them.
    Some will give you a heads up to block the drain before you start so as not to drop a small part down it.
    If you can't tell whether it's the hot or cold side leaking, you could try shutting the valve to one side or the other to determine which one causes the drip to stop.
    You may want to try cleaning out the seat area with a rag in case there was some foreign material.
    Also, check bottom of cartridge to make sure it's appears clean.
    Replacing the entire cartridge would likely be your next step, if it still leaks after cleaning and re-tightening.




    Looks like the aerator is screwed in crooked (cross threaded). Remove and try reinstalling it by first turning it counterclockwise, to seat it straight. then clockwise.
     
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    Thank you. When attempting to follow the directions of the video, I could only get the screw out and couldn’t get the top part off to access the nut (see picture). How do I get the top off? Does it screw off or should I be able to pull it off?
     

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    If that small bolt laying there was taken out from the TOP of the handle then I would have to say that was holding the handle down and a little wiggling and upward pull should remove the handle.
    If it is stubborn you can insert a flat-bladed screwdriver in the horizontal slot below the handle and twist the screwdriver a bit to loosen it.
     
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    The acrylic piece doesn't have to come off. Just take the screw out from the top of the chrome handle. Squirt some penetrating
    oil down in the hole. Give it a little while then gently wiggle it from side to side and it will come off. Then take off the nut and
    pull out the stem and rubber seat and spring. If you buy the delta kits you will see what I mean. Just a FRIENDLY reminder to
    turn the water off before doing this. Do the hot and the cold side.
     
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    How do I clean the parts or assess whether they’re broken? I don’t know what any are called.
     

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    The cartridge is the white thing that was under the nut, and the seal/seat is the black thing that is left in the hole.

    Slide a number 2, or 3 Phillips screw driver into the seal/seat and lift up, the seal, and the spring under it should come out.

    Take the cartridge, seal, and spring with you to HomeDesperate, and buy new ones. Get two cartridges, and two seals. You might as well do both the hot and cold while your there.

    Put them in, and check to be sure you’ve got it fixed. And put the handles back on. Cut apart the packaging, and tape the part which identifies the cartridge, and seal numbers, and tape it in the inside of the cabinet door, so you know what to buy next time.
     
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    The "seal/seat is the black thing that is left in the hole." mentioned by FishScreener, should look like these pieces... Delta parts.jpg
     
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