Is It Better to Repair or Replace a Leaky Faucet
We often take our plumbing fixtures for granted until there is a problem. Sometimes these problems can be solved with minor repairs, but sometimes a complete overhaul is required.
As a homeowner, without calling in a plumber, how do you know whether it’s time to fix or replace?
#1. If water is leaking around the base of the handle
Usually, this type of leak can be fixed by removing the handle and tightening the adjusting ring. Many leaks of this type are caused by a worn cartridge. This can be solved by replacing the O-rings on the cartridge when they’re worn out. If internal parts are so worn that replacement washers, O-rings, screws, clips, and valve assembly simply don’t solve the problem any longer, it’s time for a new faucet.
Pro Tip- Whenever you’re going to replace a piece from your faucet, take the faulty part to the store with you to make sure you replaced it with the same type!
#2. If your faucet squeaks
Over time the threads at the stem of the faucet become worn. The simplest way to correct this is removing the handle and coating the threads with plumbers grease then reassembling the faucet.
#3. Water is dribbling out or spraying in an inconsistent way
An unusual flow is often associated with the diverter valve or a faulty aerator. Both parts can be removed, examined for grime or build-up, and replaced.
#4. Scratches to the surface or chips to ceramic
Both of these problems indicate a need for a new faucet. You can, or course, live with the scratches but they cannot be repaired. Ceramic ages poorly and once it begins to break down, repair doesn’t last.
Call the Experts
Between the option of do-it-yourself repair or replace, there is always the option to call a plumber. Sometimes the intense labor is not worth trying to fix a faucet yourself. That’s why the experts at Jeff’s Kitchen, Bath, and Beyond are standing by, ready to help. Our family-owned business has been helping people in the Central Florida area for nearly two decades. If you believe your faucet needs repairs, call us today at (407) 968-1801 for a free consultation.