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Leaking Delta Faucet
« on: January 11, 2010, 12:36:19 PM »

Delta Faucets - "My Delta Faucet is Leaking" by Dunbar Plumbing

Those of you who have found this information through a google search will find answers here regarding your leaking delta faucet. Delta Faucets (www.deltafaucet.com) is a widely installed faucet in the United States and other countries and is well known for its reliability and longevity. Delta faucets over the years make numerous styles and designs that accommodate the style requirement along with the functionality standard. If you have a leaking Delta faucet, there is a good chance that it is under warranty and parts may be available to you.

 If you have the following: Any two or 3 handle Delta Faucet - Tub Faucet, Lavatory Faucet, Shower Faucet, Kitchen Sink Faucet, Laundry Tub

Faucet Leaks that emit from the spout only on your faucet can be resolved by replacing the small seat cups and springs that are the reasons why the faucet is leaking, allowing water to come through the spout of your faucet, or the showerhead on your shower. There are numerous pictures and small videos that will be added as this information will be a work in progress to provide statistical information that will help resolve your plumbing issues in regards to your leaking delta faucet. Most if not all repairs on delta faucets are relatively simple and with the right information the task at hand will remedy the problem.

 Delta faucets for a number of years used a design that allowed simple repairs of leaking faucets at minimal cost to the end user. Tools involving the ability to correctly fix your leaking delta faucet requires an allen key, phillips screwdriver and a small pliers. These tools will provide the ability to repair your leaking delta faucet.

Most faucets will have isolation valves, shutoffs directly underneath the faucet you are attempting to work on and shutting them off will prevent water flow while working on repairing the faucet. The handles of both hot and cold shutoffs underneath your faucet must me turned clockwise to shut off, stop water flow. If these valves do not shut off the water to your faucet, you will then need to shut off the water to your home by method of the main water shutoff valve.

 This valve is always located in your mechanical/laundry room or at the front wall of your structure where the water line from the street enters your building foundation. Once this is turned off, you will have the ability to work on your faucet without issue. It is always recommended that when you work on repairing your faucet, drain the house water system down to the lowest fixture in order to keep water flow from entering your faucet while disassembled.

 Some water will be present if you cannot shut off the valves underneath your faucet. This is a minor issue if the main water supply is completely shut off. Once you've established this measure of stopping water flow to your faucet you will then be able to make repairs.

First task is to remove the handle of the faucet where the stem is. This handle whether it be crystal or chrome metal will be held onto the stem of the faucet by means of a phillips head screw that attaches to the stem. An index cap usually has to be removed in order to locate this holding screw. Index caps are usually "pop-in" or "push-in" type caps, requiring nothing more than a small edged flat blade screwdriver. In most if not all delta faucets, there are small indentations where they allow a starting edge for the index cap to be removed.

 Prying through this small edge on the side of the index cap will allow you to remove it to expose the screw that holds the handle onto the stem. Do not try to force this index cap in a way to damage it as it may break and prevent from holding into its push fit design into the handle. Take your phillips screwdriver and turn the screw you see holding the handle onto the faucet and turn counter-clockwise to remove. Once the screw has been removed, gently pull this handle off. If the handle does not want to come off with little effort, twist the handle slightly back and forth, not excessive to break free any calcium deposits that may have encrustated in between the faucet handle and the stem.

 Immediately upon removal of this handle will be the faucet's stem. This stem is designed to have a retaining nut that holds it into place that is standard in all faucets regardless of manufacture. If this nut didn't exist the stem or cartridge of the faucet would come out of the faucet due to water pressure.

 Once this nut has been removed, the stem can be removed from the body of the faucet and gain access to the rubber seat cup and metal spring that provides the water tight seal for the operation of the faucet. Going through the years back when delta faucets became famous, the crystal handle was a common application for the delta faucet, even though chrome ones were used as well. Continued...
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