Fix a Faucet or Replace It? 5 Ways to Know
It is often tough to determine whether or not you should have a plumber fix a minor issue with your faucet structure or just replace the whole thing. As San Diego’s helpful plumbing company, we went ahead and came up with guidelines to help you determine which makes more sense.
- A Leaky Faucet:
In the best case scenario, a leaky faucet may simply mean that only the washers in the valve assembly need to be replaced, and not the whole faucet. These rubber washers are supposed to seal off water when the faucet is turned off, but if the rubber becomes run down, that tight seal is loosened and water drips through.
Another reason for the leaky faucet, however, may be corrosion in the valve seat. If this is the cause of the dripping, then yes, a total replacement of the faucet is highly recommended. To prevent this from happening in the future, have a plumber clean the valve seat on a regular basis.
- A Loud, Banging, Noisy Faucet:
This annoying disturbance is usually the result of aged, hardened rubber washers. If this is the case, then the whole faucet does not need to be replaced, but rather just the rubber washer.
There are occasions, however, when the loud banging noise is due to a crack in the faucet itself, which means the whole faucet would need to be replaced. A plumber can help determine the exact cause of the noise.
- A Sputtering Faucet:
When water spits out erratically rather than in a smooth flow if the faucet is turned on, the issue is most likely a clogged aerator (the screen-like portion over the faucet’s mouth). This does not mean that your faucet needs to be replaced, but rather, that the mineral deposits need to be removed from the aerator. If necessary, just the aerator would need to be replaced.
- A Squeaky-Handle Faucet:
The handles of your faucet usually make this squeaky noise when the threads inside the faucet become worn down. This does not mean that your faucet needs to be replaced. Instead, a plumber simply needs to remove the squeaky handle, and re-coat the threads with special plumber’s grease. Then, after it is reassembled again, the faucet should be as quiet as a mouse.
- A Rusty-Looking Faucet:
This rusty appearance indicates water corrosion damage, which can be remedied by replacing the faucet altogether with a high-quality product that does not allow water to seep out. You can try to fix the faucet’s rusty appearance with chemical rust remover and paint, but this requires removing the faucet and cleaning all of the parts very carefully, and then submerging them in the chemical rust remover overnight.
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A leaky faucet over time can result in sky-high water bills that could have easily been prevented. The worst thing to do is to allow those pesky faucet problems to fester and become worse
As local San Diego plumbers for over 38 years, we at Perry Plumbing are expert technicians who are friendly, efficient, and more than ready to resolve any of your plumbing concerns. We will have your faucets running, your toilets flowing, and your pipes in working order in no time. Call us at 619-472-2112 or schedule an appointment here. Our Better Business Bureau A+ rating and our Google Plus five-star ratings will reassure you of our competence. We also offer plumbing repair coupons as an affordable bonus for you, so call us today!