How To Shut Down A Moen Single-Handle Faucet In Your Cottage For The Winter Season

Posted on: 9 December 2016

Now is the time to shut down the cottage and get it ready to face the long winter months. One of the things you have to care of is the water supply, appliances, and the kitchen sink faucet. One of the issues with faucets that have a single handle is that they have cartridges inside of them that can get filled with silt if you pull your water from a river or bay. You should take the cartridge out of the faucet when you shut down the cottage to prevent the silt from hardening and clogging up the faucet over the winter. Here is how you can shut down a Moen single-handle faucet in your cottage.

Turn off Water

Turn off the water pump before you remove the cartridge.

Remove Handle

Take a small flathead screwdriver and slide it under the cap at the top of the faucet. Pop the cap up and remove it. You will see a screw underneath the cap. Remove the screw with a Phillips screwdriver. Lift the handle up and set it aside.

Remove Dome

There is a circular dome underneath the handle. Turn the dome counterclockwise with a pair of channel locks to unscrew and remove it. The shell on the dome is stainless steel and you don't want to scratch it. Put a cloth on the dome before using the channel locks to prevent scratching the stainless steel. You also need to be careful that you don't lose the rubber O-ring inside the dome and the plastic seal ring at the base of the dome.

Remove Cartridge

If you have the original packaging for the cartridge, you'll find a small plastic part in it. This part fits over the top of the cartridge so you can twist it back and forth with a pair of pliers to loosen any debris that has gotten caked onto it. The debris can make it very tough to pull the cartridge out of the faucet if you don't break it up first. If you don't have the plastic part, put the tips of the pliers over the top of the cartridge and twist it.

Pull the cartridge out and set it in a safe place so it doesn't get lost. Put the dome and the handle back onto the faucet to prevent insects or little animals from getting into the water line. Make sure you put the cartridge back into the faucet in the spring before you turn on the water pump. For more help, contact a local plumbing service.

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