Compression Faucet Roto-Rooter San Mateo Plumber Tips and Tricks
No matter whether you’re new to home plumbing repair or a seasoned veteran, Roto-Rooter's San Mateo plumbers provide the resources you rely on to get the job done. Use the following guide to properly repair a broken compression faucet system.
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 (contact a Roto-Rooter technician for details)
With the following guide, you will find success in your faucet repair efforts:
- First, looking underneath the sink to locate both hot and cold-water switches, twist both switches to the off position. This will cut off water flow to the main faucet spout.
- Second, remove the decorative caps off the tops of both faucet handles using a flat edge of a box cutter or flathead screwdriver. This will reveal the screws holding the handles in place.
- Third, unscrew both screws from the handles and stow them in a safe place for reassembly later on.
- With the screw gone, both hot and cold-water handles will be loose enough to easily pull out without too much force. Once removed, the stem assemblies will be easily accessible.
- Use a pair of slip-joint pliers to loosen the retaining nuts holding the assemblies into place.
- When the nuts have been loosened enough, pull the stem assemblies out of place.
- Notice the rubber washers sitting on the ends of both stem assemblies. If these rubber pieces appear rough or brittle, they will need to be replaced with new ones to restore watertight properties.
- Now, locate the packing nuts holding the covers in place on the assembly units. Loosen them until the covers can be removed exposing the rubber o-rings position horizontally, running up and down the stem shaft. Like with the rubber washers, clip off any rings that appear to be warped or damaged. (If there are too many rubber pieces to replace, you can also replace the entire stem assembly with a new unit, if easier.)
- Use heat resistant grease to slide the new rubber o-rings into place.
- With both fingers, check the valve seat openings, feeling deep inside. If you notice excessive roughness, the valves are no longer watertight and need to be unscrewed with a custom valve seat wrench for replacement.
- When the seats have both been replaced, screw the retaining nut tight to hold the assemblies in position and follow the previous steps to reassemble the entire unit.
For more information about compression faucet repair, give a Roto-Rooter San Mateo plumber a call today.