5 Simple Steps to Repair a Leaky Compression Tap
Do you have a dripping kitchen faucet? It is never too late to take control of your situation. A dripping tap causes a slew of issues, including a high water bill, flooded sinks and floors, wasted water, and sleep-inducing dripping noise. A leaky tap, specifically a compression tap, on the other hand, is relatively simple and inexpensive to repair. Here are 5 simple steps to help you repair a leaking compression tap.
But first, make sure you have the following tools to help you save your floors from being damaged by dripping water:
- Wrench that can be adjusted; C-wrench
- Screwdriver* (flat-head or Phillips)
- Oil for penetrating (WD-40 or CRC)
- Spare washers and O-rings
- Step 1: Shut off the water supply.
To avoid further issues, do not begin your DIY project without first disconnecting all necessary power supplies. Begin with the main water supply and work your way down to the tap handles and, finally, the knobs that control the main line’s water supply.
Step 2: Disassemble some of the knobs on the handles.
This task is quite simple to carry out with the help of a flat-head screwdriver. A screw secures the handle to the stem of the tap beneath the knobs. With the flat-head screwdriver, unscrew this and carefully remove the handle. You can easily remove the tap handle from the stem after loosening it with penetrating oil.
Step 3: Unscrew the packing nut.
Loosen the packing nut and remove the tap stem with the wrench you have available. The stem may either pop right off the valve or you may have to twist it off. Examine the parts you removed to see if they are damaged or scratched.
Step 4: Examine the washer and O-rings.
If the previously removed parts show no signs of damage, the leak could be caused by the washer inside the valve seat or the O-rings. Simply remove the washer and replace it on the valve seat in this case. Reminder: The replacement washer and O-rings must be the same size and fit as the old ones. To be sure, take the old O-rings or washer to a hardware store and have them measured.
Step 5. step Return everything to its proper place.
After you’ve replaced the damaged parts, carefully reassemble them. After that, slowly and carefully turn the tap knob to test the water flow and see if you have repaired the leak. If everything goes well, you can resume your other responsibilities or get some much-needed rest.