How to Fix a Leaky Compression Faucet
Sometimes you don’t need to call a plumber especially when you can fix the problem yourself. Leaks are a common problem encountered by homeowners. Although they may result in serious damages and an increased water consumption bill, leaks can actually be easily remedied particularly if the only part involved is the faucet.
- Look underneath your sink for the pipes that run up to your faucet. Twist clockwise to shut off the water to your faucet.
- Plug the drain. Use a sink plug if you have one or a rag.
- Remove each handle. Pry off the decorative cap if necessary (usually reading “Hot” or “Cold”), unscrew, and remove the handle.
- Use a wrench to remove the nut. Underneath, you will find the stem, which sits on top of the O-ring, which sits on top of a seat washer which is most likely the culprit.
- Pull out the stem. This will expose the O-ring (thin) and seat washer (thick).
- Remove the seat washer. This will be held in place with an upside-down brass screw.
- Replace the seat washer. Coat the replacement in plumber’s grease before installing it.
- Reassemble each handle. Any minor leaks should now be fixed.