How to Repair a Faucet

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How to Repair a Faucet

Faucets are an important part of any home because they dispense water needed for many different aspects of everyday life. Therefore, keeping faucets in tip-top condition is important. Over time, many things can go wrong with faucets. They can leak or be noisy when used. However, owners can repair many faucet problems quickly and easily. Before attempting to repair a faucet, do it yourself enthusiasts should spend a little time learning about the different types of fixes and the tools necessary to perform the repairs. Often shoppers can find deals on Tools, plumbing supplies, tools, and materials needed to repair a faucet in local hardware stores and online on eBay.

Repairing a Faucet

A leaky faucet is a common problem and is easy to fix. Before beginning repairs, gather the necessary tools and turn off the water supply. Most houses have a shut off valve near the faucet, but if not, find the main shut off and turn off the water to the entire property. Additionally, plug the drain with a sink plug or rag to ensure that no tools or washers go down the drain during the repairs. Once the water is off, and the sink plugged, look at the faucet to determine which type it is.

Faucet Type



Has two screw handles, one for hot and one for cold


Contains a ball bearing


Contains a cartridge


Contains a ceramic cylinder

A compression faucet is easy to recognise simply by looking at it. If owners do now easily recognise their faucet type, the best way to find out is to take it apart.

Faucet Repair Tools and Materials

Before attempting to repair a faucet, gather the tools and materials needed for the repair. To take the faucet apart, owners often need anadjustable wrench, C-wrench, andscrewdrivers. Owners can use penetrating oil to lubricate washers and O-rings and often need needle nose pliers to remove them.

Remember to turn off the water before repairing a faucet. However, because there may still be some water in the pipes, it is advisable to wear old clothes and keep a bucket and some towels nearby.

Repairing a Compression Faucet

To repair a compression faucet, start by remove both handles by prying off the decorative cap. Then, use a screwdriver to unscrew the centre screw and remove the handle.

Next, use a wrench to remove the nut. Under that is the stem that sits on the O-ring, which in turn, sits on the seat washer. The seat washer is typically made of rubber, and wears out over time. This is the most common cause of a leaky faucet.

Pull out the stem to expose the O-ring. If the handles rather than the faucet leak, replace the O-ring. If the faucet leaks, remove the seat washer, and replace with a new awsher.

Repairing Other Faucet Types

Some types of faucets use rubber diaphragms to control the flow of water. With this type of faucet, wrap the top of the stem with plumber's tape and remove it with pliers. Then replace the diaphragm, ensuring that the replacement fits tightly over the base of the stem.

Other faucets use a rubber seat ring instead of a washer. To remove this type of ring, hold the faucet stem securely with a pair of pliers and unscrew the centre piece that holds the seat ring. Remove the sleeve and insert a new seat ring.

Cartridge faucets often have a spring and a rubber washer. Lift the cartridge out of the main faucet body and remove the spring and washer. Insert a new spring and washer and align the cartridge so that it fits into the slots.

Quieting a Noisy Faucet

Occasionally, faucets whistle, scream, or chatter when used. While small water pipes and pipes restricted by hard water buildup can cause this problem, the most common cause is a wrong sized washer, or one incorrectly secured to the stem. To quieten a noisy faucet, tighten or replace the washer.

How to Buy Tools to Repair a Faucet on eBay

Buying tools and materials to repair a faucet on eBay is convenient and easy. Simply type some relevant keywords into the Search bar located on any eBay page. For example, to find a washer, type " faucet washer" into the box. Once the results display, you can further refine your search by criteria such as brand, condition, price, format, and location.

A leaky or damaged faucet is not simply an annoyance. It wastes water and causes higher water bills. Fortunately, repairing a faucet is something that most homeowners or do it yourself enthusiasts can do, without having to call in a plumber.

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