Last Sunday, September 27th, I was at the cabin with Lissy. We were about to leave to go to Provo for the night when we noticed the rug in the bathroom was soaking wet. Everything under the sink was completely drenched. There was a consistent leak that seemed to be coming from the bottom of the faucet underneath the cabinet. Being 6 pm on a Sunday, we knew most plumbers would be closed. We were unable to turn the hot and cold valves to shut the water off because they were so old and the mineral deposits had made them impossible to turn without feeling like we were going to break them completely off.
We left a voicemail for a local plumber but did not hear back. We found another plumber in Park City, Merlin Jacobsen Plumbing & Heating, that responded right away and said that he could be at the cabin at 8 AM Monday. We stayed the night so we could meet him.
Merlin showed us that the faucet was leaking around the base even before he looked under the sink. When he took the faucet off he showed us the parts that were corroded. He was also unable to turn the hot and cold valves off for fear of breaking them off. He shut off the main water so he could replace the support lines and hot and cold support valves (handles).
We did ask him first what he estimated the fee to be for replacing the parts. He had a Moen faucet in his supply truck. Under the circumstances, we felt this the best choice to move forward with the repair. Cherie also checked with two of her sons on the price he quoted. Lissy also informed Kent of the situation.
We discovered a day later on Tuesday afternoon that the hot water supply valve was dripping. Merlin came back out on Wednesday night to fix the leak. He said the pipe the valve (handle) attaches to was very worn and he had hoped ihe had put it on tight enough as he was worried that tightening it too much would possible break it. He was able to tighten it, and added more plumbing putty, and the leak was fixed. We should be aware that the pipe (see red arrow) is weak and could be a problem in the future.
New Moen Faucet
Yellow = New Support Valves.
Red = Pipe that is weak, corroded, and worn.