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Fixing a leaky faucet

A leaky faucet can be very annoying. Fortunately, stopping a leaky faucet is relatively easy to do. Firstly, you will need to determine the type of faucet you have. Once you have that and have a replacement faucet or material to stop the leak, you are well on your way to solving the problem.

Repairing a leaky faucet can save you a lot of water so turn off the hot and cold water shut off valves under the sink and let's get to work.

Stopping a compression Faucet Leak
It is called a compression faucet because a rubber washer is forced against a metal seat to choke off the water flow. As you turn the handle the washer is pushed against the valve seat and compresses. If the washer or valve seat becomes damaged, a seal isn't made and the faucet leaks. The rubber washer has most likely worn away if your compression is leaking. It could also be the meal that has worn but this is not as common. This is usually the result of not changing the washer before it is worn.

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