Enjoy Clean, Clear Water with Faucet Repair and Installation
Faucets are found in the bathroom, kitchen, laundry room and other parts of your home. Wherever they are, they provide a steady stream of potable water. When something goes wrong, tasks like cooking and cleaning can be much more difficult.
Luckily, faucet repair can be something you can handle by yourself. But when it’s beyond your skill to fix, a trained plumber can identify what the problem is and what component of the faucet is broken so repairs can begin. When you don’t feel comfortable performing this kind of home improvement on your own, don’t hesitate to call for a professional plumber, like those at Fras-Air/General Service Experts. With special 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 provide information on finding 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 come across with your home plumbing. Whether it’s a leaking faucet or a constant stream of water, leaks will often increase your monthly water bill. Depending on how much water is leaking, it could even cause water damage!
Leaky faucet repair is usually fast and inexpensive. A trained plumber will pinpoint the part causing the leak before either fixing or replacing it for proper water flow.
Missing Hot or Cold Water
Your faucets deliver both hot and cold water. Adjusting the temperature is usually 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 has a lack of hot water, there may be a more complicated problem. This can be a sign your water heater is damaged, in which case a professional plumber should be contacted.
Poor Water Pressure
The opposite of a leak, a faulty faucet can decrease water pressure or even stop the flow of water entirely. Not only is this frustrating, but the additional pressure can result in 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 fixing the issue is as easy as cleaning the affected component. Other issues stem from 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 an issue with your faucet, there’s a few more pieces of information that can simplify repairs. Remember that severe or widespread damage may make new faucet installation a more cost-effective option. Otherwise, it won’t be long before you’re struggling with another plumbing problem.
1. Determine the Type of Faucet
Long-lasting repairs begin 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 used 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 correct temperature.
- Cartridge Faucet: Manufactured with both one- and two-handle designs. A single-lever design adjusts water flow by raising and lowering the valve within the handle.
- Ball Faucet: The most common type of single-lever faucet. As the lever is moved, a plastic or metal ball shifts within the faucet, allowing water to flow. Special chambers inside 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 more 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 locate where the problem starts. Most designs will be 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, disassembling the faucet is often necessary for repairs. A quality repair kit should possess tools like slip joint pliers or a basin wrench for reaching the internal components.
3. Determine 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 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 have a lot of DIY skills. Whatever the reason, there’s nothing wrong with choosing a professional. They can remove the old faucet and seamlessly install your preferred replacement.
Whether you need faucet repair or faucet installation, the pros at Fras-Air/General 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 908-448-2154 today!