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Troubleshooting a Leaky Compression Faucet | Roto-Rooter Clearwater

Compression faucetA leaky faucet in your bathroom is an annoying problem and one that's best to fix quickly. While leaks start out mostly as annoyances, they add up over time. As a leak becomes more frequent, homeowners waste more water - a negative change that starts to impact water bills. Additionally, a leak can lead to more serious problems with your plumbing and serve as an early indicator.

To fix your leaky faucet, read the following advice. If your efforts don't stop the leak, consider making a call to your local Clearwater Roto-Rooter for expert assistance. Make sure you turn off the water flow to the sink and place a rag in the drain to catch any falling small parts before you start work.

Check the O-ring

Compression faucets are typically found in the bathroom. They have two knobs that adjust the flow and temperature of water, sometimes with a relatively short faucet spout. A frequent cause of leaks for this type is the rubber O-ring inside the knob, which disintegrates slowly over time.

To repair your leaking sink, you'll need to disassemble the knob - taking off the cover, removing the screw underneath, removing the handle and unscrewing the packing nut underneath. Then, you need to unscrew the stem and remove the small washer located underneath it. Following that process, you can remove the O-ring and measure it or take it with you to a hardware store to purchase a replacement, then reassemble the handle. If your leak continues, it may be time to bring in Roto-Rooter.

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