Compression Faucet Repair Made Easy

Compression Faucet Repair Made Easy

Despite the difficulties of replacing or repairing a compression faucet system, Roto-Rooter has your back with the tools, products, and other resources to make your efforts successful. Whether you are new to home plumbing or a seasoned veteran, use the following guide to properly repair a broken faucet today.

You will need the following for this project:

Flathead and Phillips head screwdrivers

  • Box cutter
  • Wash cloth
  • Slip-joint pliers
  • Heat-resistant grease
  • Custom valve-seat wrench (call a Roto-Rooter technician for more information)

Use the following general guide to successfully repair a broken compression faucet fixture:

First, find the hot and cold-water switches underneath the faucet. After locating them, twist both switches to the off position to cut off water to the faucet.

  • Second, use a flat edge, such as a box cutter or flathead screwdriver to carefully pop off the decorative caps from the tops of the hot and cold faucet handles. Once removed, the screws will be visible.
  • Third, remove both screws from each faucet handle with a Philips head screwdriver. Make sure to put the screws in a safe place to make reassembly easier later.
  • After removing the screws, the handles will sit very loose and become easy to remove. Carefully pull the handles upward to remove them, exposing the stem assembly.
  • With assembly now easily accessible, use the slip-joint pliers to loosen both retaining nuts keeping the stems firmly placed.
  • Once completely loosened, pull the stem assemblies out of their positions in the valve seats.
  • On the ends of both assemblies should be situated a couple of rubber washers responsible for making the units watertight. They may need replacement if warped or cracked at all.
  • Next, there should be a pack nut holding a cover in place over the assembly body. Loosening both pack nuts should make it easy to remove the covering to expose the rubber o-rings, which are positioned horizontally, running up and down the stem shaft. Like with the washers, clip off any damaged rings with a pair of scissors.
  • To make it easier sliding the new o-rings into place, use heat resistant grease.
  • Now, use both fingers to check the valve seat holes. If there is excessive roughness inside, it means they are no longer watertight and need to be removed with a custom valve seat wrench.
  • After replacing the valve seats and repositioning the stem assemblies into place, follow the previous steps in reverse order to reassemble the compression faucet system.

For more information about compression faucet repair, give Roto-Rooter a call today.

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