The compression faucet utilizes a washer when compressed, its results in shutting down the flow of the water. This leads in the wearing out of the faucet. Thus, you would be required to transform few parts of the compression faucet, in order for it to work properly. Replacing a compression faucet is one of the most common repairs done by almost every individual. Nevertheless, due to the number of different types of compression faucets, a number of individuals do not know what type of faucet they have and have no idea how to replace them. Thus, this article will help you in repairing and replacing a compression faucet, which will also help in saving you a number of plumbing bills.
Step 1 - Turn off Water Supply
You need to turn off the water supply. It is usually located under the sink. All you need to do is to turn the handle situated under the sink and just turn it the directed direction to tighten and shut it off. Once the water supply is shut off, all you need to do is to open the compression faucet and let the water drain out.
Step 2 - Removal of Compression Faucet Handle
It will be attached to the faucet covered with a cap on top. The cap would mainly be made of metal with screws in the handle; so in order to get hold of those screws, unscrew them with the help of a head screwdriver. Once the screw is out, remove the handle in a firm manner.
Step 3 - Removal of Valve Stem Cover
After the handle of the faucet is pulled off, you would then be able to see a cover right over the valve stem. Thus, to remove the valve stem cover, all you need to do is unscrew the knob that holds it and just take out the cover.
Step 4 - Removal of Valve Stem
You need to make use of a wrench or a channel lock pliers, in order to accomplish this task.
Step 5 - Replacing of Washer
After the valve stem is removed, the washer would be situated at the end in a valve seat. Remove the old washer by removing the bass screw it is attached with, and just remove the old washer out. Make sure that you clean the washer holder, so that the washer which needs replacing can fit properly in the clean valve seat.
Step 6 - Restore the Water Supply
This can be a difficult step to perform, as you need to reassemble the compression faucet and the restoring of the water supply needs to be done. Replace the parts of the faucet, which is the cover, cap and the handle and make sure you tighten the valve stem into the valve seat in the right manner.
Lastly, all you require to do is switch on the water supply and check if there is any leaking happening or not. If not, you can now start utilizing your replaced compression faucet.