How to Fix a Leaky Compression Faucet

If you own an older home, it likely uses compression style faucets in the bathroom and kitchen. Compression faucets use separate levers for hot and cold water. When you turn the faucet on or off, it activates the washer or seal to lower or raise the stem. Compression faucets may leak because of worn washers or seals. Here are some tips to fix a leaky compression faucet.

Turn Off Water

Shut off the water to the faucet. The shut off valve is usually located below the sink. Compression faucets have a hot and cold shut off valve. If you cannot locate the sink shut off valves, turn off the main water supply to the house. Run the faucet on both sides to relieve water pressure.

Remove Handle and Stem

Cover the drain with a towel or cardboard to avoid losing parts and scratching the surface. Use a utility knife …

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Is Your Basement Getting Wet? Why You Should Call A Plumber First

Water or moisture in the basement can cause major damage to your home and destroy any personal belongings kept there. While it is true that sometimes the problem is not due to a plumbing issue, it is still a good idea to call in a plumbing contractor to look things over. A plumber can repair any issues with the pipes or drains in your home or install a system for keeping water from collecting in the cellar. Here are some of the reasons you may have a wet basement and what a plumber can do for the situation.

Clogged Sewer Line

Sometimes it is possible to unclog a sewer line yourself. However, in most cases, if the water is backing up into your basement, there is a problem out in your yard somewhere. The clog could be from a collapsed pipe or tree branches busting the pipe and clogging it. …

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Hearing What Your Plumbing Is Trying To Tell You

 

You should learn how to listen for plumbing troubles around your house. Most of your plumbing is hidden from your view and this makes it hard for you to always know when there is a problem. By learning about some of the different sounds your plumbing can make and what may be causing those sounds, you will be able to spot troubles early on and be better versed on what to do.

Banging or clanging sounds – There are a number of reasons why your pipes may be making a banging or clanging sound. These reasons can include:

  • Forced hot water in need of purging by a professional plumber
  • Broken valve
  • Broken faucet
  • Loose pipes hitting other pipes or nearby objects
  • Too much water in a steam boiler
  • Water pressure is too high

Dripping sounds – A dripping sound can be coming from a faucet or pipe. Generally, when …

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2 Bad Breakfast Habits That Can Lead To Frequent Kitchen Sink Clogs

If your kitchen sink tends to become clogged often, and breakfast is your favorite meal of the day, then it may surprise you to hear that the two could be related. If you love to prepare and cook large breakfasts for your family and friends, then some small habits you engage in to cut time in the midst of the morning rush may be leading to your clogged drain. Pay attention next time you prepare a morning meal to make sure you are not sabotaging your plumbing in the process. 

1. Rinsing Coffee Grounds Down the Drain

The proper place for used coffee grounds is inside the trash can and not down your drain. The same goes for tea leaves. Plumbers actually report that coffee grounds are one of the most common culprits when investigating clogged pipes. While you may not dump a lot down the drain at once, …

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Troubleshooting And Fixing Your Well’s Pressure Tank

If you turned on the water in your home today only to discover that you have no water pressure, then your well’s pressure tank may not be functioning correctly. While pressure tanks are wonderful for increasing your home’s water pressure, they come with a lot of very common problems. Learning how to troubleshoot and fix these problems can save you a lot of time and frustration.

Follow these simple steps to get the water flowing from your well to your house again:

Step 1: Visually Inspect Your Tank

The first step in fixing your home’s water pressure is to visually inspect your pressure tank for leaking water. Inside of the tank’s cylinder is a rubber bladder that is surrounded with pressurized air. The rubber bladder is often a point of failure due to its constant contact with pressure, water, and air.

If there is water shooting out of the air valve …

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