benjamin. faucet design. February 21st , 2018.
Ball-style Faucet - this washerless faucet has a single handle and is identified by the hollow metal or plastic ball inside the faucet body which controls water temperature and flow. Many have a rounded cap with knurled edges located under the faucet handle. Dripping at the faucet spout is caused by worn valve seats, springs, or a damaged ball. Leaks around the base of the faucet are caused by worn o-rings.
Compression Style Faucets - this design is used for many double-handle faucets and is the old-fashioned style faucet (when shutting the faucet off, you usually can feel the rubber washer being squeezed inside the faucet.) Compression faucets have separate controls for hot and cold water and can be identified by the threaded stem assemblies inside the faucet body. Compression faucets all have washers or seals which control water flow and need to be replaced regularly over time. The replacement parts are inexpensive and easy to replace.
Second - Disassemble the Faucet: The same basic principals apply to all faucet types when starting to take a faucet apart for repair or replacement. Keep all parts and layout in the order you take them apart. This will help you both put the faucet back together and identify the parts to be replaced. See below for specific variations in faucet dis-assembly.
A small drip from a leaky faucet might seem like a little annoyance, yet it actually can cost you hundreds of dollars a year in water down the drain and next to nothing to fix. A leaky faucet is one of the most common home plumbing problems. Faucets are relatively easy to fix-once you know how they work and what to do to fix them.