Enjoy Clean, Clear Water with Faucet Repair and Installation
Faucets can be found in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room and other parts of your home. Wherever they are, they deliver a steady stream of potable water. When something goes wrong, tasks such as cooking and cleaning can become more difficult.
Fortunately, faucet repair can be something you can complete by yourself. 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 faulty so repairs can begin. When you don’t feel comfortable trying this kind of home improvement on your own, don’t hesitate to contact a professional plumber, like those at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. With specialized tools and years of training, they can provide a long-lasting solution to your faucet problem.
We’d like to share some of the most common problems you may 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 may not be able to get the water you need. Or worse, the water is no longer 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 wasteful stream of water, leaks will often increase your monthly water bill. Depending on how much water is leaking, it may even cause water damage!
Leaky faucet repair is usually quick and inexpensive. A trained plumber will point out the component causing the leak before either fixing or replacing it for proper water flow.
Missing Hot or Cold Water
Your faucets provide both hot and cold water. Choosing the temperature is typically dependent on the faucet’s design, with models featuring either one or two handles. Repairing the handle can often resolve the issue.
But if your problem is lacking hot water, there may be a more complicated problem. This will sometimes be a sign your water heater is damaged, in which case a professional plumber should be notified.
Poor Water Pressure
Rather than a leak, a broken faucet can decrease water pressure or even prevent the flow of water entirely. Not only is this irritating, but the added pressure can produce other problems somewhere else in your plumbing system.
How your plumber resolves water flow problems will require knowing what type of faucet you’re using. Sometimes fixing the issue is as easy as cleaning the affected part. 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 verified there’s a problem with your faucet, there’s a few more pieces of information that may simplify repairs. Don’t forget 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
Long-lasting repairs start with knowing 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 widespread use today. It uses a rubber washer and two handles to provide adequate water of the correct temperature.
- Cartridge Faucet: Available in both one- and two-handle designs. A single-lever design controls water flow by raising and lowering the valve within 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. Special chambers within the ball combine hot and cold water to provide the desired temperature.
- Ceramic Disk Faucet: Another single-lever design sometimes confused for a ball faucet. These models use a valve a little similar to a cartridge faucet, raised and lowered to provide water flow. By comparison, a ball faucet moves in a spherical 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 make things easier.
Whatever the problem is, taking apart the faucet is often a part of repairs. A quality repair kit should possess tools like slip joint pliers or a basin wrench to reach the internal components.
3. Determine Whether a Part Needs Cleaning or Replacement
Sometimes a problem can be taken care of by simply reaching the affected component and giving it a thorough cleaning. But if the component is cracked or broken, replacing it is generally better. 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 complex 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 hiring a professional. They can remove the old faucet and quickly install your preferred replacement.
Whether you need faucet repair or faucet installation, the Experts at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 318-588-8163 today!