Repairing a Leaky Compression Faucet
Repairing a Leaky Compression Faucet (the kind with washers)
Expert Advice on Faucet Repair from Denton TX Licensed Plumbers
Have you already decided not to call a licensed plumber?
The important thing is to get the faucet repaired as soon as possible (if you don’t, you’ll see your water utility bill rise–if it hasn’t already). Did you know that a leak of 10 drops per minute can waste up to 300 gallons of water per year? Yikes! So, you understand the urgency.
Now if you decide to do it yourself, we just want to offer some suggestions that might help:
First, you’ve got to figure out what kind of faucet you have. There are four kinds of faucets: compression, ceramic disc, cartridge and ball. The best way to determine exactly what kind of faucet you have is to disassemble it (miss me yet?). Typically, if you have a single-handle faucet that controls the hot and cold water, then you have either a ball, disc or cartridge faucet. These are also known as washerless faucets.
Compression faucets tend to have two-handle controls, one each for hot and cold water. It’s these babies that are the most likely to leak because they require rubber washers to seal the valve seat. These rubber washers wear out–and depending on the quality of the washer–will have to be replaced on occasion.
Step-by-Step Leaky Faucet Repair
- Regardless of the faucet type, the first step in repairing a leaky faucet requires you to shut off the water supply valves. These are usually located beneath the kitchen sink. If you don’t find the valves there, you’ll have to shut off the main water supply. Refer to the image provided to identify the parts to remove and replace in the following steps.
- Remove the handles ornamental index cap and the handle screws.
- Lift off the handle.
- Next you’ll be removing the stem. In order to remove it, you’ll need to loosen the bonnet nut and thread the stem out of the faucet.
- Loosen the screw that attaches the washer to the stem.
- If you aren’t able to identify the washer type washer screw that needs replacement beforehand, then take the washer and washer screw to your nearest hardware store and replace it with a compatible type and/or brand.
- Fasten the new washer to the stem with the washer screw.
- Now reverse the process and reattach the stem, bonnet nut, handle and index cap.
Following these steps should resolve the problem for repairing your compression faucet. However, if the dripping does continue you can be assured the Denton TX expert and licensed plumbers will be there for you. Contact us today.
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