If your kitchen faucet is shaking, it can waste a significant amount of water over time and increase your water bill by 20%. A small drip from a kitchen faucet that leaks one drop of water per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water per year. That means it can fill two swimming pools. There are several reasons why a kitchen sink faucet might come loose:
- Worn-out mounting hardware
- High water pressure
- Improper installation
To fix a loose sink faucet, you will need to tighten the mounting nuts or replace the damaged or worn-out mounting hardware. If the problem is caused by high water pressure, you will need to install a pressure-reducing valve to lower the water pressure in your home.
What happens when the kitchen sink faucet is wobbly?
If a sink faucet is loose, it can cause several problems:
Leaks: A loose faucet may allow water to leak from the base of the faucet or from the handles. This can cause water damage to the sink and surrounding area.
Poor water flow: A loose faucet may not provide a strong and steady flow of water, making it difficult to use the faucet effectively.
Noise: A loose faucet may make a noise as it vibrates while the water is running. If it is a stainless steel sink, then the noise becomes more irritating.
Wasting water: A loose faucet may not shut off completely, causing water to run continuously.
Damage to the faucet: If the faucet is not tightened properly, it can cause damage to the faucet itself, leading to costly repairs. A plumber can charge up to $100 for a simple fix.
It is important to fix a loose sink faucet as soon as possible to prevent these problems from occurring.
How to fix a loose sink faucet base and handle?
- You need to locate the shut-off valves under the sink and turn them off to prevent water from flowing while you work.
- Now use a screwdriver to remove the handle of the faucet. Some handles may have a decorative cap that needs to be removed first. Look for the mounting nuts that hold the faucet in place and use a wrench to loosen them.
- Once the mounting nuts are loosened, hold the faucet steady with one hand and tighten the mounting nuts with a wrench. Do not overtighten the nuts, as this can cause damage to the faucet.
- Put the handle back on the faucet and replace any decorative caps.
- Turn the shut-off valves back on and test the faucet to ensure it is tightened and functioning properly. If not, then call a plumber.
Do you need to hire a plumber?
In some cases, a kitchen faucet problem can be easily repaired by a homeowner. For example, a loose kitchen sink faucet handle can often be fixed by tightening the nuts and hardware or replacing a worn-out washer.
However, if the faucet problem is more complex or serious, it may be best to hire a plumber. A plumber has the training and experience to accurately diagnose and fix faucet problems, and they have all the tools and equipment needed to complete the repairs. The plumber may charge 80-150 dollars.
The base of your kitchen sink is moving. Why?
-The mounting hardware (nuts, bolts, washers, etc.) may not be tightened properly.
-The mounting hardware may be worn out or damaged, causing the sink to move.
-If the water pressure in your home is too high, it can cause the sink to vibrate and loosen over time.
-If the sink is not installed properly, it may move due to improper mounting or incorrect use of mounting hardware.