If you have a faucet in your home that makes a horrific squealing or screeching sound when you turn the faucet on and off, then this is probably quite bothersome to you. Thankfully, this situation is one that can be addressed and fixed fairly easily. Keep reading to learn what the problem is and how it can be fixed.
Why Does The Faucet Squeak?
Your faucet squeaks when it turns on due the degradation of the o-rings and washers that sit inside each handle of the faucet. When the rubber pieces break down, they rub against the stem, seat, and washer casing and create the noise. Also, as water shoots past the worn rubber pieces, this can create a noise.
In some cases, the noises may be caused by issues with your water pipes. However, if you do not notice any sounds coming from the other fixtures in your home, then this is probably not the case. If you do hear some noises throughout your home, then you may have a water hammer issue. If whistling and squealing noises are accompanied by bangs when the faucets are turned off, then speak with a plumber about fitting your house with an antihammer device. The device will create a small cushion of air in the plumbing to keep the water from hitting elbows and other plumbing pieces when you turn the water off.
How Can The Problem Be Solved?
If the squeak or squeal is coming from the single faucet alone, then you should replace the o-ring and washer in the hot and cold water faucet handles. Start by removing the button or cap that sits on the top of the faucet. You should see a screw underneath. This is the retaining screw that keeps the rest of the handle parts in place. Use a screwdriver to remove it.
Once the screw is released, pull off the handle and the stem nut that sits underneath. You should see the stem sticking up at this time. Look for a rubber piece on the stem. This is the o-ring and will need to be replaced, so set it aside. Keep working to remove the stem as well. The rubber washer will sit just underneath the stem. This is the second piece that you need to replace. You will want to complete the same steps to release the parts from the other faucet handle at this time.
Take the o-rings and washers to your local plumbing supply store and find exact replacements. Each faucet has its own type of washers and o-rings and your faucet will not work correctly if exact replacements are not purchased. Replace the pieces once you purchase them, put the faucet back together, and try to handles to make sure they do not make noises.