Yes, use faucets multiple times a day, daily, that’s why we get ourselves in the need for faucet repair. When you experience a leaky faucet, replace, repair, or even replace it; how do you determine which one is right for you? Is a professional plumber the right one to know, how to fix, or perhaps can a DIY homeowner perform their own faucet repair or replacement? Well, I am going to be the first one to tell you “I don’t know, but I will try”. The reasons may not be apparent at first, but once you read on and become educated you will start to see different options open up to you, that you never even thought of. Let’s go over some of the most popular reasons to possibly replace or repair your faucets now with Lewisville Plumbing, before it’s too late.
Leaky faucets are an issue on their own, but there are other factors that come into play as well. One of the biggest issues is the washer fluid, and how dirty it has become. Washer fluids are essentially soap suds, that leave a musty odor when they are released from your faucets. If this has been going on for a long time, and your faucets no longer produce enough washer fluid to cover the areas that you need covered, then it is time to start replacing the cartridge.
In many instances, the cartridge will just wear out on its own, but if it doesn’t you may be able to get a new cartridge or you may be able to just have the retaining nuts or washers replaced. Typically, if you are changing the washer, then you will want to have the plumber to run a threaded screwdriver through the retaining nut, and then carefully remove it. The retaining nut usually has two or three washers, with another set of washers to cover the threads on the new cartridge. Once you remove these washers, you can slide the cartridge out and then reassemble it.
Some leaks, while they may not be noticeable, can still be a big pain. Couple common examples are leaks under the faucets at the sink, behind or under the kitchen sink, in the laundry area, and sometimes in the bathroom showers. Typically, the water will just run, and you won’t really notice anything else wrong. You may need to run some more of the washers though, if you smell a strong odor, since some of the leakages are caused by organic materials. Sometimes though, the odor is not enough to justify going through the process of faucet repairs.
One of the best things that you can do for faucet repairs, is to prevent leaks from happening in the first place. One way that you can prevent leaks, is to buy the right type of plumbing materials, and to keep your plumbing materials clean. If you use dirty materials or a dirty tool when you try to repair a leak, you may end up with a bigger leak. Using a good plumbing tool can prevent leaks, so you will have less to worry about.
If you are having problems with your sinks and faucets, you may need to replace them. This is usually pretty easy, especially with newer faucets. The problem with older faucets is that the parts may no longer be manufactured, and the plumbing contractors may not know how to replace these parts. However, you can still replace the parts yourself if you know where to buy them. Replacing your faucets with more efficient ones can reduce your water bills, and it can also save the life of the faucets.
In addition to the faucets, you may also have to replace some of the other hardware on your sink and faucets. Sometimes, the washers will get worn down, and this can lead to more leaks. To avoid this, you can purchase new washers that you can attach to the old washer on the faucet. You will need to use an epoxy paint to attach these washers, and the washer should be replaced by a professional plumber if it is noticeable that it is leaking.
Another common problem with faucets, and one that affects many people, are the squeak of the handle as the water supply dries. There are several things that can cause this squeak, including soap, and/or water that are hard and clumpy. To fix this problem, you will need to replace the handle that has the rubber washer at the end of it. The washer will wear out over time, and it will no longer be able to grip the handle as it dries. The rubber washer can be replaced by a professional plumber, or you can try to do it yourself.