If you are new to faucet repair in Albuquerque, then the following information provided by the technicians at Roto-Rooter will be helpful to you. Use this information when dealing with compression faucets that are leaky. Oftentimes leaks start because the handles have experienced wear in some form or another. Whether the handles are loose, rubber stoppers are out of place, or other components have experienced failure, it is fairly easy to take apart a faucet and perform your very own repairs. With a little bit of effort, you can get your leaky faucet back to new again.
• Before getting started, make sure that the shut-off valves under the sink are turned off so you can take things apart easily.
• Then remove the handles from the faucet. If there are decorative caps on top of the screws holding the handles in place, use a box cutter or a flat heat screwdriver to pop them off.
• Taking a Philips head screwdriver, remove the screws, and pull the handles off. Underneath, you should be able to clearly see the stem assembly. If the handles are firmly in place, you can cover the flathead screwdriver with a rag and continue to pry the handles loose.
• After the stem assembly is exposed, use a pair of slip-joint pliers to loosen the retaining nut and hold the stem in place. (There should be a stem for each handle and a nut for each stem as well).
• Once these items have all been removed, look at the pieces for damage. Look at the rubber washer at the end of the stem for damage. If they look like they are in good shape, unscrew the packing nut and check out the rubber O-rings running along the stem assembly. If any of them look out of shape, simply cut them off and replace them with white grease-coated replacements.
• Instead of replacing the rubber washer O-rings, you can simply replace the entire stem assembly with a new one. Keep in mind that if you decide to do this, then you should replace the opposite handle's stem as well.
• When purchasing a replacement, realize that hot and cold faucet handles often turn opposite directions from each other. Stem assemblies, as a result, will be mirror images of each other. Have someone help you buy the right parts.
• Make sure to check the faucet seats to make sure there are no rough spots, new washers, and O-rings won't fix things if the seats have gone bad.
For more information about faucet repair in Albuquerque, give Roto-Rooter a call today for help.
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