Enjoy Clean, Clear Water with Faucet Repair and Installation
Faucets can be found in the bathroom, kitchen, laundry room and other parts of your home. Wherever they are, they deliver a steady supply of potable water. When something goes wrong, tasks such as cooking and cleaning can become more difficult.
Luckily, faucet repair might be something you can complete on your own. But when it’s beyond your skill to fix, a trained plumber can identify what the problem is and what part of the faucet is broken so repairs can begin. When you don’t feel comfortable performing this kind of home improvement by yourself, don’t hesitate to contact a professional plumber, like those at A-PLUS Service Experts. With specialized tools and years of training, they can ensure a long-term solution to your faucet problem.
We’d like to share some of the most common problems you could come across with your faucets. We’ll also share information on locating the source of the problem and what may be needed to complete repairs.
Common Faucet Problems
Your faucets are connected to your home’s water supply lines. When they break or malfunction, you might not be able to get the water you need. Or worse, the water is not safe or healthy to drink.
Leaky faucets are one of the most common problems you will experience with your home plumbing. Whether it’s a dripping faucet or a steady stream of water, leaks can increase your monthly water bill. Depending on how much water is leaking, it may even cause water damage!
Leaky faucet repair is usually fast and inexpensive. A trained plumber will point out the component causing the leak before either repairing or replacing it for proper water flow.
Missing Hot or Cold Water
Your faucets provide both hot and cold water. Choosing the temperature is generally dependent on the faucet’s design, with models featuring either one or two handles. Fixing the handle can often take care of the issue.
But if your problem has a lack of hot water, there could be a more complicated problem. This can be a sign your water heater is damaged, in which case a professional plumber should be called.
Poor Water Pressure
Rather than a leak, a broken faucet can weaken water pressure or even prevent the flow of water entirely. Not only is this frustrating, but the added pressure can create other problems deeper in your plumbing system.
How your plumber resolves water flow problems will depend on the type of faucet you’re using. Sometimes taking care of the issue is as easy as cleaning the affected component. Other issues can be traced to the seal that separates your faucet from the water supply.
Keep in mind that this doesn’t happen too often. So when the faucet isn’t to blame, your plumber will look for other issues like corroded pipes and clogs (as these also cause the water pressure to fall). Even partially closed valves will drop the water pressure, resulting in weak flow.
What to Know About Faucet Repair
Once it’s determined there’s a problem with your faucet, there’s a few additional pieces of information that can simplify repairs. Remember that severe or widespread damage may make new faucet installation the better option. Otherwise, it won’t be long before you’re dealing with another plumbing problem.
1. Determine the Type of Faucet
Quality repairs start with confirming the type of faucet you use. We’re not talking about whether it’s a kitchen faucet or a bathroom faucet, but what internal components are in place to deliver potable water. Our plumbers have enough experience with different faucet types that they can recognize yours quickly, starting repairs sooner.
- Compression Faucet: This design is the oldest type of faucet still in common use today. It relies on a rubber washer and two handles to provide adequate water of the desired temperature.
- Cartridge Faucet: Available in both one- and two-handle designs. A single-lever design alters water flow by raising and lowering the valve inside the handle.
- Ball Faucet: The most common type of single-lever faucet. As the lever moves, a plastic or metal ball moves within the faucet, allowing water to flow. Small chambers within the ball combine hot and cold water to create the desired temperature.
- Ceramic Disk Faucet: Another single-lever design sometimes confused for a ball faucet. These models use a valve somewhat similar to a cartridge faucet, raised and lowered to create water flow. By comparison, a ball faucet moves in any direction.
2. Shut Off the Water Before Finding the Affected Part
Once they know what type of faucet you have, the plumber’s next step is to uncover where the problem starts. Most designs are split into two sections, the faucet body and one or two faucet handles. Knowing the type of problem they’re dealing with can simplify repairs.
Whatever the problem is, taking apart the faucet is often required for repairs. A quality repair kit should include tools like slip joint pliers or a basin wrench to reach the internal components.
3. Confirm Whether a Part Needs Cleaning or Replacement
Sometimes a problem can be fixed by simply reaching the affected component and cleaning it thoroughly. But if the component is cracked or broken, replacing it is usually for the best. These small pieces aren’t expensive, so don’t worry about the cost of replacing a broken part like the spout, O-ring or any washers.
This may be more difficult for special faucets, such as an outdoor garden hose.
Consider a Professional for Faucet Installation
Sometimes the damage is too severe, or maybe you just don’t trust your DIY skills. Whatever the reason, there’s nothing wrong with reaching out to a professional. They can remove the old faucet and quickly install your preferred replacement.
Whether you need faucet repair or faucet installation, the professionals at A-PLUS Service Experts can help. We’ll ensure an affordable solution that doesn’t cost you everything but the kitchen sink.
Request an appointment or free estimate by getting in touch online or over the phone at 301-747-3140 today!