5 Easy Steps to Fix a Leaky Compression Tap
Having a leaky tap in your kitchen? It is never too late to take matters into your own hands. A leaky tap triggers a lot of problems – high water bill, flooded sinks and floors, wasted much-needed amount of water and sleep-depriving dripping noise. However, a leaky tap, specifically a compression tap, is quite easy to fix and inexpensive, too. Here are 5 easy steps to guide you in fixing a leaky compression tap.
But first, make sure that you have the following tools to aid you in your quest of saving your floors from being damaged by the dripping water:
* Adjustable wrench; C-wrench
* Screwdriver (flat-head or Phillips)
* Penetrating oil (WD-40 or CRC)
* Replacement washers and O-rings
Step 1. Turn off the water power supply.
Do not start your DIY project without turning off the necessary power supplies to avoid further problems. Start from the main water supply, to the handles of the tap, and finally, to the knobs that control the water supply from the main line.
Step 2. Remove some parts of the handle knobs.
With a little help from the flat-head screwdriver, this task is quite simple to execute. Underneath the knobs, there’s a screw that attaches the handle to the stem of the tap. Unscrew this and then carefully remove the handle with the flat-head screwdriver. You can loosen it up by using the penetrating oil so that you can remove the tap handle from the stem easily.
Step 3. Loosen up the packing nut.
Through the use of the wrench you have, loosen up the packing nut and also remove the stem of the tap. The stem may either just pop right off or you may have to twist it off from the valve. Check if the parts you removed are damaged or scratched.
Step 4. Inspect the washer and the O-rings.
If the previously removed parts have no signs of damage, it might be the washer inside the valve seat or the O-rings that is causing the leak. In this case, just remove the washer and put the replacement on the valve seat. Reminder: The replacement washer and the O-rings must be the exact size and fit to that of the previous ones. Just to be certain, take the old O-rings or washer to the hardware store to get the exact measurement.
Step 5. Put everything back to its place.
After you have replaced the damaged parts, reassemble them with caution. After that, slowly and carefully turn the knob of the tap to test the water flow and to see if you have patched up the leakage. If all turn out well, then you can now go on with your other chores or catch up on that much-needed sleep.