Roto-Rooter Compression Faucet Repair Made Simple
Don't forget to include Roto-Rooter in your plans for home plumbing repair. With our products, services, and resources, millions of satisfied customers have successfully finished home plumbing repair projects, with or without previous experience. Take the following Roto-Rooter guide for simple compression faucet system replacement.
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)
Read and obey the following to gain power over a broken compression faucet system.
- First, to keep water from shooting everywhere, locate the hot and cold-water switches under the sink. Turn them both off to cut off water flow to the faucet.
- Second, with a handy box cutter or a flathead screwdriver, carefully fit the flat edge under the decorative caps on top of the hot and cold faucet handles and pop them off to reveal the screws holding the handles in place.
- You will then want to remove the screws with a Philips head screwdriver.
- The handles should now be loose enough to lift upwards gently and remove, making the stem assemblies visible.
- Next, remove the stem assemblies by loosening the retaining nuts holding them in position.
- Then slide the stem assemblies upwards, off the tops of both valve seats.
- To keep the system watertight, each stem assembly should have a rubber washer on the ends. Any noticeable damage, such as cracks or warping, will require replacement with new ones to restore impermeability.
- Both assemblies also have covers held in place by packing nuts that protect the stem shaft. After removing the covers, look at the rubber o-rings placed horizontally in the shaft. Inspect them for damage and snip off any rings that appear rough or brittle. (If there are too many rubber pieces to replace, you can also replace the entire stem assembly with a new unit to save time.)
- Slide the replacement o-rings into place by using a generous amount of heat resistant grease.
- After reattaching the assembly shaft covers, use both fingers to reach inside the valve seat openings in the sink. If you feel a lot of roughness, use the custom valve seat wrench to take them out and put in replacements
- With the new ones in place, put the stem shafts back into position, tightening the retaining nuts firmly.
- Proceed to reassemble the entire compression faucet system following the previous steps in reverse order accordingly.
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