If you have been having issues with your bathroom faucet, you may decide to go ahead and try to tackle the problem yourself. If so, use the following tips for troubleshooting and fixing potential problems with your bathroom faucet.

Uneven or Broken Water Stream

Whenever you turn on the faucet, you may notice that the water stream seems uneven or broken, with areas where no water flows. You may also see that the pressure of the water seems lower than it was before.

If you are noticing these signs, the problem may be with a clogged aerator. After constant exposure to soap, hair, and other debris from daily personal care, gunk builds up in the tiny holes of the piece.

To fix this problem, make sure your faucets are turned off, then unscrew the end of the faucet to remove the aerator. Soak it in undiluted white vinegar for about an hour, then use a stiff toothbrush to remove any excess material. Rinse the aerator, and screw it back on.

Leaks Around the Handles

Another problem you may notice with your faucet is that water leaks around the bottom of the handles. The cause of this problem could be that the seats holding the stems beneath the handles have become loose. This leaking could also signify a worn out washer that is no longer able to properly seal off the water.

To fix one or both of these issues, start by turning off the water that feeds the faucet. Then, remove the screw at the top of the handle, and remove the cover. 

At the base of the stem, you will see a large bolt. Use a crescent wrench to ensure that the bolt is hand tight. Also, check for signs of damage, such as cracks or chips in the bolt. If you find any, you should go ahead and replace it to make sure there are no future problems.

Next, inspect the washer at the top of the stem for signs of wear. With repeated use, the handle may have cut into the washer and damaged it. If you find any, simply pop out the washer and replace it with one that fits your faucet's model.

If you find an issue that requires the replacement of a part, you need to know which part is compatible with your particular model to ensure a tight fit. Speak to a representative at a plumbing supply store for guidance on choosing the right part to fit your bathroom faucet. Companies like Do-It-Ur-Self Plumbing & Heating Supply can help.