Quick DIY Tips To Fix Leaky Faucets Of Your RV Trail

RV trailers and homes have become significantly popular in the last decade. From people making mobile homes to weekend camps, RV trailer homes captured the attention of millions of people worldwide.

The call to open roads and vast land is rather alluring and enthralling but requires continuous maintenance of your mobile home. Being constantly exposed to dust and weather changes, the interiors and exteriors of the RV trailers wear off quickly.

However, amidst the pandemic, it is highly unlikely to get professional assistance to fix broken taps and leaky faucets, especially in your RV home. Typically, there is a variety of tub and sink faucets for mobile homes, but replacing could be easy if you get the replacement pieces that match the current configuration.

Here is a quick step-by-step guide to repairing the leaky faucet of your RV home:

  1. Turn off the water supply before you start the procedure. Typically, a tap or valve would be underneath the sink that controls the water supply. Shutting off the water supply is important as you need to check the washers and cartridges that may require fixtures. Drain excess water from the faucet.
  2. Disassemble the handle or tap. Typically, you will find a set of screws behind the handle that you can remove with a hex key or flat screwdriver.  Once all the screws are removed, pull off the handle to get access to the cartridge.
  3. Remove the cartridge and replace it with a new one. It would help if you used a crescent wrench to loosen the nut pack once done, gently pull the cartridge straight up. 
  4. Before installing the new cartridge, check seals, washers, and O-rings. You must wipe and dry the area around the handle before replacing it with the new ones. Cartridges come in different sizes and shapes. Thus, you should know the manufacturer name and model number to get the exact match.
  5. Once you have replaced the old, worn-out parts with the new ones, put back the nut pack, handle and cover.
  6. Turn on the water line to remove all the air bubbles and ensure there is no leakage.  If you want to change the outlook of your faucet, you get a new handle that matches the interior of your bathroom or kitchen.

Fortunately, fixing the leaky faucets is a simple task and doesn’t require the need to call in the plumber. But have you ever wondered why do faucets leak? Typically, you have rubber washers or seals that open and close on the water inlet to control the water flow.

Over time, these washers and seals failed to properly cover the water inlet, allowing a small amount of water to drip continuously.  Here are a few common problems that can lead to leaky faucets:

  • Mineral Buildup: These foreign elements interfere with the faucet’s ability to seal the inlets. In such a scenario, all you need is to remove the handle and clean the interiors to make the faucet as good as new.
  • Corrosion: Typically, the faucets’ inner parts are metallic, which corrode due to continuous exposure with water. Therefore, it deforms the inlet ports, affecting the faucet’s ability to cover the water passage.
  • Broken O-Rings: This can occur with traditional compression faucets as over-tightening the tap valves can lead to broken rubber seals and O-rings.

Irrespective of the reasons, leaky faucets call for instant repairs. But if your faucet is too old, replace the entire set with a new one, as it will demand frequent repairs that could turn costly in the long-term.

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