After obtaining a suitable replacement for your existing faucet, the next step is to attach it to the sink. However, before you plunge into the depths, you must first close the water valves to avoid water loss and waste during the process. Turning off the water valves is a breeze; All you have to do is turn the lever to the right to turn off both the cold and hot water supply to the taps. However, if you live in an older home, chances are the valves are sticking due to the build up of minerals and rust over the years. Before loosening the stuck valve, first shut off the main water supply.
Once you’re done, there are a few tricks Innovative Plumbing Pros LLC recommends when dealing with stuck plumbing fixtures. First you can try tightening the valve to create some movement and possibly break the mineral deposits. If the valve still won’t move, consider heating that spot with a hair dryer to loosen it so you can close it. You must be careful not to damage the valve; However, since the water line is already shut off, you don’t have to worry about your kitchen and closets being flooded with water.