Having a leaky faucet can be both irritating and costly. I don’t know how many times I’ve noticed a faucet dripping or we’ve had a toilet flapper deteriorate on us and require quick googling and inexpensive repair. A leaky faucet is a bit more tricky than a toilet flapper, but it should hopefully be something you can repair on your own for very little money. There are 4 types of faucets, compression, ball, ceramic and cartridge. In this article I am going to outline how to fix a leaky compression faucet.
Compression faucets are very common in households. They are the type of faucet that uses a rubber washer to seal the valve. Once you’ve determined that this is indeed what your faucet is, here are a few simple steps to follow to repair the problem and fix the leak.
Before beginning, be sure the water is shut off to your sink or you could be in for a very unpleasant experience!
8 Simple Steps to Repairing a Leaky Compression Faucet
- 1. Remove the cap on the handle and take out the screw.
- 2. Pull off the handle
- 3. Use a wrench and remove the nut
- 4. The stem will be screwed in, so carefully unscrew the stem
- 5. Remove the seat washer and put a new one in place
- 6. Using a heat proof plumbing grease, coat the washers
- 7. Remove the stem from the packing nut to get to the O ring
- 8. Replace the O ring – which is the most likely reason for a leaky compression faucet
After doing all of these steps, you can reassemble your faucet and turn the water back on. If the problem persists, you should call a plumber because it’s a more complicated problem. The O ring is the most common cause for a leaky faucet because they can wear out and once they do the seal is no long there and you get water escaping through the faucet.