If you have a leaky faucet, you're wasting not only water, but dollars on your utility bill. According to the EPA, a faucet that drips once each second will waste more than 3,000 gallons of water in one year. Save the water and money by fixing those leaky faucets. Here is how to repair the common compression faucet found in most homes.
Compression Faucet Anatomy
If you have separate hot and cold water controls on your kitchen, bathroom or washroom utility sinks, these are likely compression faucets. A metal stem screws down into the faucet. The water is controlled by turning the handle which moves the stem up and down in the faucet, allowing water to flow. At the bottom of the stem is a washer which, when cracked or worn, can allow water to leak when the faucet is closed. The following steps walk you through changing this washer, which will fix your leak.
Fixing Your Compression Faucet
You'll need the following tools:
The easiest way to make sure you have the replacement parts is to disassemble the faucet and take the parts to the plumbing supply store to match the washers.
If you have any problems taking an old faucet apart, you may be dealing with rust or corrosion. Have one of the local plumbing contractors like one from Hager Plumbing come out and fix that faucet, or have them put in a new and more efficient design.
For a few dollars and a few minutes of your time, you can stop those leaky faucets, get rid of the annoying dripping sound, and save on your water bill.Share
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