Faucet Repair Step-By-Step

Faucet Repair Step-By-Step

Are you in the market for faucet repair in Oklahoma City? Roto-Rooter is the nation’s most trusted name in plumbing and we are excited to educate our customers to utilize our DIY resources as solutions to their problems. If you are dealing with a leaky faucet, the good news is that they are pretty easy to fix. With a little concentration, effort, and some pointers from us, you will be well on your way to completely repairing your compression faucet system.

Things you will need:

• Flathead and Phillips head screwdrivers
• Slip-joint pliers
• Box cutter
• Wash cloth
• Heat resistant grease
• Custom seat wrench (see Roto-Rooter for faucet model details)

The following steps will help you take apart, repair, and reassemble your compression faucet:

• First off, make sure that the water lines underneath the sink are switched off. This will cut off the water supply to the faucet.
• Using a screwdriver, remove the screws from the tops of the handles. If there are decorative caps, use a box cutter or a flathead screwdriver to pop them off. Continue to unscrew the handle screws.
• Once the screws have been removed, pull the handles loose and remove them. If they are still attached firmly, use a flathead screwdriver to pry them free.
• After the handles have been carefully removed (you can use a washcloth between the screwdriver and the handles to prevent scratching), the stem assembly should be visible.
• Using the slip-joint pliers, loosen the retaining nuts holding the stems in place. Pull out the stem assemblies and check the rubber washers on the ends. If you don't see any damage there, continue to undo the packing nuts, which should reveal the rubber O-rings.
• If there are any O-rings that are out of order, simply clip them off. When replacing an O-ring, make sure the new one is coated with heat-resistant grease so that it will slide into place easily.
• The same goes for the rubber washer, if there are any issues, simply replace it with a new rubber piece.
• Instead of replacing the rubber pieces, you can replace the entire stem assembly if needed.
• After making the stem assembly repair or replacement, check the valve seat in the faucet. If you can feel roughness on the edges inside, use a special seat wrench to remove them and replace them with new valve seats.
• Once all of these repairs have been made, put both stem assembles back into place and tighten the retaining nuts.
• Replace the handles and screw them into place. After popping the decorative caps back into place, you are all finished!

For more information about faucet repair in Oklahoma City, give us a call today!

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